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Thalidomiders get compensation at last

The Story


In February 1990, almost 30 years after the federal government first promised compensation, thalidomide victims finally receive financial assistance from the government. Through an "Extraordinary Assistance Plan," Health Minister Perrin Beatty awards $7.5 million in financial assistance grants to 75 to 100 Canadian-born "thalidomiders." However, most of those compensated feel that the award of $100,000 is too small to cover the extraordinary costs of their disabilities and medical expenses.

Medium: Radio
Program: Canada at Five
Broadcast Date: Feb. 13, 1990
Guest: Randy Warren
Reporter: Jane Antoniak
Duration: 1:58

Did You know?


• As they age, "thalidomiders" are experiencing physical deterioration due to stress placed on their different body structures, further limiting their abilities, often resulting in new disabilities and therefore compounding the tragedy.


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