Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Woodlands Survivors Begin Receiving Compensation from B.C. Government

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Woodlands Survivors Begin Receiving Compensation from B.C. Government

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Woodlands survivors receive compensation

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VANCOUVER - Survivors of abuse at a notorious school and psychiatric facility in New Westminster, B.C., have begun receiving compensation from the provincial government, after previously being left out of a legal settlement because of a legal loophole.

Residents who lived at Woodlands before 1974 will each receive $10,000, with the money expected to be paid out by March 31, 2019.

Those residents were left out of a 2009 class-action settlement because it didn't become legal to sue the province until 1974, but the government reversed course in March.

Bill McArthur, a former Woodlands resident and survivors' advocate who was previously denied compensation, received his money from Health Minister Adrian Dix on Monday, according to a news release from the province. …

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