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Nov. 26, 2010, Toronto – Toronto Community Housing is offering more help to the tenants of 200 Wellesley St. E who suffered losses and personal hardship because of the Sept. 24, 2010 fire.

November 26, 2010
By CNW

Nov. 26, 2010, Toronto – Toronto Community Housing is offering more help
to the tenants of 200 Wellesley St. E who suffered losses and personal
hardship because of the Sept. 24, 2010 fire.

The 200 Wellesley Compensation Plan will compensate tenants for:

  • Loss of belongings: Base of up to $5,300 per eligible leaseholder (based
    on unit size) plus $450 per each additional occupant
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of comfort and convenience
  • Cleaning time and costs
  • Food spoilage
  • Loss of income
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Personal injury

"Toronto Community Housing is offering this help on a compassionate
basis so that tenants can return to their normal lives as soon as
possible," said Mitzie Hunter, Toronto Community Housing's chief
administrative officer.

ClaimsPro Inc. has been appointed to be the administrator of the
compensation plan. It is responsible for overall management of the
administrative claims process.

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The compensation plan is voluntary. All persons who were tenants or
occupants of 200 Wellesley St. E. at the time of fire are eligible for
compensation pursuant to the plan. Tenants who participate in the
compensation plan are expected to receive payment within five business
days of their claims being settled.

To ensure that tenants understand the process and are fully aware of
their legal rights, tenants are required to receive independent legal
advice before settling their claims and accepting compensation under
the plan. Community legal clinics have agreed to provide independent
legal advice to tenants.

At the request of Toronto Community Housing, the Hon. R, Roy McMurtry,
former Chief Justice of Ontario, has reviewed the compensation plan. He
believes the plan creates a fair and reasonable process for the
resolution of tenant claims and is preferable to a potentially lengthy
class action.

Full details of the plan are available by visiting www.torontohousing.ca.