Court urged to OK deal for former residents of Ontario institutions

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TORONTO - A lawyer is urging an Ontario justice to approve a lawsuit settlement involving former residents of two institutions for the developmentally disabled.

He tells the court the proposed $32.7-million deal reached last month is the best under the circumstances.

The settlement would also entail a formal apology from Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The class actions were launched by former residents of the Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls, Ont., and the Regional Centre near Chatham, Ont.

Court heard many suffered physical and sexual abuse at the overcrowded and understaffed prison-like institutions.

Rideau opened in 1951 and Southwestern in 1961 but both were shut down about a decade ago.

Organizations: Rideau Regional Centre

Geographic location: Ontario, TORONTO, Smiths Falls Chatham

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