From: Subject: =?Windows-1252?Q?From_The_Globe_and_Mail_=97_Canada's_Most_Trusted_News_S?= =?Windows-1252?Q?ource?= Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 08:41:21 -0600 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/related; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0000_01C27C02.4B695BD0"; type="text/html" X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1106 This is a multi-part message in MIME format. ------=_NextPart_000_0000_01C27C02.4B695BD0 Content-Type: text/html; charset="Windows-1252" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Location: http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/GIS.Servlets.HTMLTemplate?tf=tgam/common/SearchFullStoryPrint.html&cf=tgam/common/GenericSearch.cfg&configFileLoc=tgam/config&encoded_keywords=mcmahon&option=¤t_row=1&start_row=1&num_rows=1&search_results_start=1 From The Globe and Mail =97 Canada's Most Trusted = News Source
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Judge throws=20 out lawsuits against Anglican Church seeking redress for=20 abuse
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3Dspace=20By CAROL HARRINGTON
3Dspace=20Canadian Press
3Dspace=20Friday, October 25, 2002 =96 Print Edition, = Page A15


CALGARY -- A Calgary judge = has=20 dismissed lawsuits against the Anglican Church of Canada by = alleged=20 victims of physical and sexual abuse when they attended = residential=20 schools in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Only the church's Missionary Society, a group with little money = and few=20 assets, can be named in the lawsuits, Mr. Justice Terrence McMahon = ruled=20 yesterday in Court of Queen's Bench.

"There is no evidence of direct involvement in the schools by = the=20 General Synod [of the Anglican Church of Canada] at any time," = Judge=20 McMahon wrote.

It was the society that signed the contracts with the federal=20 government to run the residential schools in Alberta and the = Northwest=20 Territories, he says.

The ruling could leave the federal government on the hook for = the bulk=20 of any financial settlements arising from the lawsuits, said = Vaughan=20 Marshall, a lawyer acting for the native claimants.

"The government of Canada is going to end up paying 100 per = cent of the=20 judgments and be left to collect it from the remaining Anglican = entity,"=20 Mr. Marshall said.

The judgment affects more than 500 claimants who attended seven = Anglican schools.

Despite the ruling, the church wants to pay its fair share in=20 abuse-case settlements, said Ven. James Boyles, general secretary = of the=20 Anglican Church of Canada.

"We would like to find a way in which the Anglican bodies = involved can=20 make a legitimate contribution to settlements and continue its = work in=20 healing and reconciliation with aboriginal communities," = Archdeacon Boyles=20 said in Toronto.

"The churches have limited finances to begin with, so it really = doesn't=20 make a great deal of difference."

For several months, the federal government has been talking = with=20 Anglican officials in an attempt to negotiate the share of each = settlement=20 the church should pay.

Last year, the federal government created the Office of Indian=20 Residential Schools Resolution of Canada to deal with the claims. = With an=20 annual budget of $56-million, it has the status of a government=20 department, more than 71 employees and the services of 82 = lawyers.

Federal-government officials have said they expect to spend = more than=20 $1-billion in legal fees and settlements.

The federal government and the Anglican and Roman Catholic = churches are=20 being sued for billions of dollars in damages for abuses that = allegedly=20 occurred from 1916 to 1983 at the schools.

About 160,000 native students passed through the schools that = were set=20 up shortly after Confederation, with the goal of converting = natives=20 through assimilation. The schools were run by churches on the = federal=20 government's behalf.

The Anglican Church administered 26 residential schools across = the=20 country from 1920 to 1969.

Judge McMahon also ruled that lawsuits against the Anglican = dioceses of=20 Calgary and Athabasca can be filed by natives who went to school = in those=20 areas before 1923 and after 1969.

Last month, Justice Department officials said that 70 to 100=20 residential-school lawsuits come in each month.

Alberta has the most residential-school claims, with more than = 4,000=20 cases filed to date. Saskatchewan is second with more than = 3,000.

Judge McMahon is the case-management judge focusing on 50 = Alberta=20 cases, with the goal of whittling that number down to about 12, = which=20 would to serve as precedents for other Alberta cases.

This month, a national class-action lawsuit was launched, = seeking=20 compensation for 91,000 people who attended the schools across = Canada.

The claim, filed in Ontario, seeks more than $12.5-billion from = the=20 federal government. It seeks damages not only for those who = attended the=20 schools but for members of their families.

Some former students have signed out-of-court settlements, and = there=20 are many alternative dispute-resolution programs that involve = about 1,000=20 people from across Canada.

According to government officials, the average settlement is = about=20 $100,000.


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