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Campaign against Regional Centre closures: Court orders 90-day reprieve

Step one in the victory to stop the closure of Ontario’s Regional Centres:

The movement of residents from the Rideau and Huronia Regional Centres has been stopped for at least 90 days.

In a Sept. 29 ruling, The Ontario Superior Court put a stop to Community and Social Services Minister Sandra Pupatello’s plan to move out residents from Rideau. The judge ruled that the Ministry cannot move any resident out of Rideau without permission from their family for 90 days, or until Rideau’s legal case is heard and ruled on by the court.

Following the ruling, the legal team representing the families of Huronia negotiated an agreement with the ministry to extend the same moratorium for their centre. The next court date will be Dec.12, 2005. If the court rules in favour of the residents, the government may have to stop all closure plans or change the law if they wanted to proceed with the closures – a very long and difficult process.

A ruling isn’t expected until the middle of January at the earliest which will extend the moratorium on moves for at least an additional two weeks. If the courts rule against the residents on this legal challenge, a further class action lawsuit will be filed, families indicate.

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