Directors of former Nova Scotia orphanage say they don't oppose abuse inquiry

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HALIFAX - The board of directors for a former Nova Scotia orphanage says it is not opposed to calls for a public inquiry into allegations of abuse at the facility.

The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children issued a statement today saying the board was disturbed by recent allegations of physical and sexual abuse being made against several former staff members.

Abuse allegations against staff at the home in Halifax — now a short-term residential facility for children of all races — first surfaced more than a decade ago, but no charges have been laid.

Earlier this year, 63 former residents applied for a class-action lawsuit against the home and the provincial government, and a certification hearing was held in October.

More than 100 people are now part of the bid for a class-action, and a court ruling is expected next June.

The affidavits in the court action have been the focus of a series of published reports that have prompted calls for a public inquiry.

However, Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has said the legal process should run its course before any decisions are taken on the need for an inquiry.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, HALIFAX

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