Community Living Ontario, a province-wide confederation representing over 12,000 people with intellectual disabilities, their families and more than 100 local Community Living associations, is pleased to welcome The Honourable John Baird to the organization as a Volunteer Strategic Advisor.
“Mr. Baird’s extensive political experience, at both the provincial and federal levels, will assist Community Living Ontario to enhance our existing relationships with government on matters of importance to our membership and the Developmental Services Sector,” said Chris Beesley, Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Ontario. “We also look forward to renewing our strong partnership with Mr. Baird and to develop new strategies on how best to draw attention to the many issues impacting the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and those closest to them.”
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Governmental setbacks continue to shock members of the Remember Every Name committee, the group of concerned citizens, survivors, and relatives of survivors of the shuttered Huronia Regional Centre. They are attempting to put names to every grave in the Centre’s severely under-documented cemetery. It was already known that many graves are marked only by the individual’s institution number, and a large number are completely unmarked. Adding further insult to injury, last month the group says it discovered a septic tank pipeline running right through where a large group of people were supposedly buried.
When Huronia and Ontario’s other two major institutions were closed down in 2009, survivors instituted a class-action lawsuit against the government, which settled in 2013. In addition to a promised $35 million for victims and their families—payouts for which still haven’t been received—the agreement called for a public apology for the tortures and deaths suffered there, and for government assistance to document names, years of birth, and years of death for approximately 2,000 people buried at the cemetery. Remember Every Name has found the discovery of the septic tanks during this investigation offensive.
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