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Vancouver College and St. Thomas More Christian Brothers Abuse Class Action

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Summary

This action arises from physical and sexual abuse of children perpetrated by current or former members of the Christian Brothers in Canada (the “CBIC”) at two Vancouver area Catholic schools, Vancouver College and St. Thomas More, over the Class Period.

Recent Developments

  • We’ve completed the materials required to seek certification of the case as a class action.
  • On September 9, 2021 we held a Judicial Management Conference with the defendants.
  • As a result of that conference, the judge scheduled a seven-day hearing on certification in August 2022.
  • At the hearing, Vancouver College took the position that it is should get more time to formally respond to the lawsuit because victims waited 40 years to come forward to make a claim. We want to be clear: there is no limitation period in British Columbia for bringing a claim for physical or sexual abuse endured as a minor. This is because the law recognizes that survivors of trauma need time to process what happened and to make their own decision about whether and how to pursue justice in court.

If you have any questions about the case or information that you think may assist our investigation, please contact us. Any communication is strictly confidential. There are opportunities to participate more actively in advancing the claim, so please contact us if you would like to learn more about those.

CFM Lawyers.

Contact: Joe Fiorante, QC
Phone: 604-331-9521
Email: [email protected]

Contact: Laura Jones
Phone: 604-331-9527
Email: [email protected]

As always, if you or anyone you know is looking for support, we recommend the following resources:

Tapestry Counselling is a Vancouver-based counselling service offering support for issues including recovery from childhood abuse, depression, and anxiety.

Phone: 604-876-7600
Email: [email protected]

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Vancouver Chapter) holds virtual survivor meetings for people abused by religious and institutional authorities, not just priests.

Contact: Leona Huggins
Phone: 604-240-3741
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: SNAPVancouver16

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