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December 18, 1998
Ontario Divisional Court overturns certification of class action lawsuit against Keele Valley Landfill Site
TORONTO - The Divisional Court of Ontario yesterday announced its decision to
set aside the certification of a class action lawsuit initiated by plaintiff
John Hollick against the City of Toronto regarding its operation of the Keele
Valley Landfill Site. The panel of three judges, who heard the appeal on
September 28, agreed with City of Toronto lawyers that the lawsuit was not a
proper class action. In a unanimous decision, all three judges concurred that
the criteria for certification as a class action had not been met.

Speaking on behalf of the City of Toronto, Angelos Bacopoulos, General Manager
of Solid Waste Management Services, the division of Works and Emergency
Services responsible for the disposal of residential solid waste generated
within the City of Toronto, York Region and Durham, declared, "The City of
Toronto is pleased with the decision." Mr. Bacopoulos noted, "The site has
always been operated and maintained according to the highest environmental and
regulatory standards. As has been our practice in the past, the city will
continue to ensure the site complies with provincial standards by meeting or
exceeding all regulations set by the Ministry of the Environment."

The City of Toronto is also committed to acting swiftly to minimize site
impacts and remains sensitive to the needs of site neighbours. It will
continue to address any public inquiries, fully investigating any concerns in a
timely and responsive manner.

Media Contact
Pat Barrett
Works and Emergency Services



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