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McGuinty Government Acts On The Concerns Of The People Of Walkerton

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McGuinty Government Acts On The Concerns Of The People Of Walkerton

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QUEEN'S PARK -- The McGuinty government, after listening closely to the people of Walkerton, has taken their concerns about the Walkerton Compensation Plan to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

"Last month, the Minister of the Environment fulfilled a commitment by going to Walkerton and listening to the people's issues with the plan, which include the speed of the compensation process," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Under a court-approved settlement, the court alone independently oversees all aspects of the administration and operation of the compensation plan. At a meeting last week called by Justice Warren Winkler, the judge overseeing the plan, lawyers representing the government and the claimants expressed their commitment to cooperate to resolve people's concerns.

"We have brought the concerns reported to us by the people of Walkerton to the court," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government is committed to doing everything it can to help ensure that claimants to the compensation plan are treated fairly and compassionately."

It is anticipated that the court will make an order shortly to address these issues and to ensure that the plan and the enhanced measures will be communicated to the people of Walkerton so that they fully understand their rights under the plan.

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