Kathleen Wynne apologizes for abuse at two Ontario institutions
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (right) and partner Jane Rounthwaite arrive at the church for the state funeral for the late Jim Flaherty in Toronto on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:43PM EDT
TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne has issued a formal apology to former residents of two Ontario institutions for the developmentally disabled.
It was called for as part of a settlement of a lawsuit involving former residents of the two institutions.
The settlement for $32.7 million was reached in December and approved by a judge in February.
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.