Helping Southwest Regional Centre Residents

Community Living Wallaceburg is hosting workshops to help former residents of the Southwest Regional Centre file claims with the province after years of alleged abuse and neglect.

Roughly 2,000 developmentally delayed people who spent time at the Dealtown institution launched a class action lawsuit against the province, as result the government offered up a $12.1-million settlement at the end of 2013. The province settled with former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre for $35-million and gave Rideau Centre victims $20.6-million.

“I really don’t know if it’s going to be enough. There’s a limited settlement amount, in excess of 57-million for all three centres and I think the maximum that any one person can receive is $42,000,” says Lawyer Walter Van de Kleut. “The things that people are alleging is that they were put in solitary confinement without a washroom, just simply a pail, that they were fed through a hold in the door. They were also neglected, they were abused, they lived in over crowed conditions. It wasn’t really a great place to live for a lot of people at the time, which is why the provincial government issued an apology and why this settlement was reached. There were some pretty horrific things that went on.”

Former residents of the institutions are urged to sign up for the May 14 workshop by calling 519-352-1174 extension 243. The deadline to file a claim with the province is August 5.