Supreme Court of Canada denies class action status to Keele Valley Landfill court case|
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Works and Emergency Services -- On October 18, 2001, the Supreme Court of
Canada announced its decision in a class action lawsuit brought by the
plaintiff, John Hollick, against the City of Toronto regarding its operation of
the Keele Valley Landfill Site. The Supreme Court of Canada decided that a
class action was not the preferable procedure in this case. In dismissing the
plaintiff's appeal, the Supreme Court has indicated that Mr. Hollick's action
cannot proceed as a class action.
"The City of Toronto is pleased with the Supreme Court's ruling in this
lawsuit. We believe the Supreme Court's decision offers important guidance.
This particular decision will be of assistance to both plaintiffs and defending
parties in dealing with proposed class action cases in the future," stated
Angelos Bacopoulos, General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services, the
department responsible for the disposal of residential solid waste generated
within the City of Toronto, York Region and Durham Region.
To conclude, Mr. Bacopoulos said, "The City of Toronto remains committed to
operating the Keele Valley Landfill Site to the highest environmental and
regulatory standards, regardless of this decision."
The lawsuit was initially certified as a class action in 1998. The
certification order was subsequently set aside by the Ontario Divisional Court
and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
The Keele Valley Landfill is scheduled to close in 2002. The City is
undertaking a series of additional measures to expand recycling in order to
reduce disposal and achieve the goal of 30 per cent diversion by 2003, 60 per
cent by 2006 and 100 per cent by 2010.