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Walkerton residents say they’re ready to move on

The Story

"We're ready to move on," says history teacher Jamie Smith in this CBC Television news report. Smith spearheaded Walkerton's class-action lawsuit. After rejecting an initial provincial settlement, the residents have at long last received what they deem an acceptable deal. Each of the 5,000 townspeople will receive a minimum of $2,000. Those who were seriously ill, suffered a death in the family or incurred substantial damages may file for a higher claim. 

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Feb. 1, 2001
Guest(s): Jamie MacDonald, Paul Morrison, Jamie Smith, Harvey Strosberg
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Raj Ahluwalia
Duration: 3:08

Did You know?

• Under the open-ended agreement, all Walkerton residents and affected visitors to the region at the time of the epidemic were entitled to $2,000.

• The Canadian Press reported that the total settlement would be worth approximately $50 million. The plaintiffs had hoped to receive a $250 million payout in general and punitive damages. -- the Lethbridge Herald, Feb. 2, 2001

• The 13 defendants in the class-action suit included the province of Ontario, the municipality of Brockton, the Public Utilities Commission, the Regional Health Unit, water-testing laboratories and the farmer whose manure runoff seeped into Well 5. The defendants' insurance companies will pay for the first $17 million in claims and $4 million in legal costs. The Ontario government will absorb the rest of the costs associated with the settlement.


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