The Week in Review: Dec 9 – Dec 16, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016 News Recap Canada Lawyers representing the pre86/post90 group in the Canadian tainted blood compensation debacle issued a MEDIA ADVISORY on December 14, 2016 seeking more people to interview for special hearings in Toronto on December 15 – 16.  The hearings will also be broadcast in courtrooms in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Montreal (Hepatitis-C Tainted Blood Victims Fight Ottawa for Solution to $220M Fund Shortfall). Also in ...

Tainted-blood victims to receive more compensation after court rulings

Thousands of people who were infected with hepatitis C between 1986 and 1990 are to receive millions of dollars more in compensation after historic court rulings by judges from Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec. Many of the victims have said their original payouts were inadequate, and a class-action lawsuit was launched to get access to a surplus in the settlement fund. The three judges heard the case in joint proceedings in Toronto, and ruled last...

Victims of Canada’s tainted blood scandal to share $207M compensation fund surplus

Victims of the hepatitis C tainted blood scandal of the 1990s will be compensated from a surplus of more than $200 million, now that an Ontario court has rejected Canada’s efforts to claw it back. The excess money is part of a $1-billion trust created to settle a class action launched in 1998 against the Canadian Red Cross, which then administered blood banks, and the federal government and provinces. It is meant to compensate people infected between 1986

Tainted Blood Hearings Done – No Resolution Yet

Fred Girling Canada Jul 6, 2016 — Hello everyone, Thanks for all of your support over the past few weeks. We unfortunately don't yet have a resolution. The courts will be coming down with a decision on the 86/90 settlement surplus in the next months. Who knows whether the judges will even consider the pre/post group in their deliberations. In the meantime, we need to keep up the pressure. We now have 389 signatures on our petition. ...

Cheryl Reitz’s verbatim testimony at today’s Blood Scandal Compensation Fund hearing

Cheryl's verbatim testimony at today's Blood Scandal Compensation Fund hearing (in Vancouver and broadcast to the main hearing in Toronto and to Montreal): Thank you. I am Cheryl Reitz, Volunteer and Board Secretary at HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society, one of only five hepatitis C patient groups in our entire country. We are all very small and belong to the larger umbrella group mentioned yesterday, Action Hepatitis Canada. HepCBC’s p...

Victims of Canada’s tainted blood scandal fighting for $236M ‘surplus’ in compensation fund

"One key point of contention is about people who are as yet undiagnosed and deserving of compensation without knowing it."  A volunteer from a B.C. advocacy group spoke on their behalf. From a Toronto bank executive earning millions until liver disease wrecked his health, to a young British Columbia mother on social assistance “dying before my children’s eyes on a couch,” victims of Canada’s tainted blood scandal of the 1990s spoke out in court Tuesda...

Updated–Hep C tainted blood victims, federal government argue in court over $250M fund

Victims are being re-victimized,' says man whose wife died before receiving any compensation A court is hearing arguments on how to allocate a $250-million surplus from the 1986-1990 hepatitis C settlement fund for victims of tainted blood. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters) Canada's tainted blood scandal continues to reverberate in court over the allocation of a $250-million surplus from an earlier settlement fund. A court hearing is being held in T

Ottawa trying to recoup surplus funds earmarked for tainted-blood victims

The federal Liberal government is allowing hundreds of people who were infected with hepatitis C through tainted blood to go uncompensated even as it tries to recoup hundreds of millions of surplus dollars from a fund established for another set of victims of the same disease. While thousands of those who contracted the hepatitis C virus (HCV) through blood transfusions have received money from the government, at least 300 of those who were infected befor

Canada’s hepatitis C – tainted blood victims are getting RE-VICTIMIZED.

The government is trying to take $250 million from the "1986-1990" compensation fund while the "pre-1986, post-1990" fund suffers a large DEFICIT, unable to pay any more claims. HepCBC wants ALL victims of the tainted blood scandal to be equitably and fairly compensated, no matter what year they were infected.   Show your support: Attend live-feed Compensation Fund hearings June 20-22 (8:30 am - 2:30 pm PST all 3 days) at t...