Home close to settling abuse claim with former residents: plaintiff's lawyer

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HALIFAX - The plaintiffs' lawyer says a settlement is close in a class-action lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children for alleged physical, sexual and emotional abuse of former residents.

Ray Wagner says "substantive issues" — including financial terms and an agreement by the home to provide an apology — have been agreed upon.

The class action involves about 140 former residents who alleged abuse at the home over a 50-year period up until the 1980s.

Wagner says that he's confident a formal agreement will be signed and he says that all that remains is for minor differences to be ironed out.

The lawyer who represents the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children was unavailable for comment.

The plaintiffs are still pursuing a class action lawsuit against the province of Nova Scotia.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia

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