Canada

Ontario wants to settle 60-year-old wrong

The Ontario government says it wants a settlment to an elderly woman's complaint that she was wrongly jailed in the 1930s.

The Ontario government is trying to negotiate a settlement with an elderly Toronto woman who was jailed in 1939 for living with a Chinese-Canadian man.

Velma Demerson has been demanding an apology from the province and compensation for the nine months she spent in jail, after being found "incorrigible."

Attorney General David Young says he has asked government lawyers to get in touch with Demerson's counsel to start talks to resolve the issue.

Young says he does not want to let the dispute drag out in the courts. He says he feels there is more the government can do.

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