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Negotiator Appointed to Service Income Security Insurance Plan Class Action Suit

July 31, 2012

Negotiator Appointed to Service Income Security Insurance Plan Class Action Suit
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2012) - The Government of Canada today announced the appointment of Professor Stephen J. Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (UBC), as federal representative in negotiations to resolve the Manuge class action, regarding the long term disability benefits to former members of the Canadian Forces (CF).

"The well-being of both our serving and retired members is important for our government," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "This appointment further underlines our intent to work towards a positive resolution in this matter."

Prior to joining UBC, Professor Toope was President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a position he held from 2002 to 2006. From 1994 to 1999, Professor Toope served as the dean of McGill University's Faculty of Law. Previously, he served as Law Clerk to the Right Honourable Chief Justice Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1986 to 1987. He continues to conduct research on many aspects of international law and is currently working on issues of human rights and culture, and the origins of international obligation in international society.

If a settlement of the class action is reached between the parties, it will need to be approved by the Federal Court.

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CP: Federal Government In Talks To Resolve Veterans Class-Action Lawsuit
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 12:45:37 PM »
Federal Government In Talks To Resolve Veterans Class-Action Lawsuit

This article is from the Canadian Press:


OTTAWA – The federal government has appointed the president of the University of British Columbia to help resolve a dispute with Canadian Forces veterans over long-term disability benefits.


Stephen Toope, a former dean …


Source: Federal Government In Talks To Resolve Veterans Class-Action Lawsuit

This article is from the Canadian Press:

OTTAWA – The federal government has appointed the president of the University of British Columbia to help resolve a dispute with Canadian Forces veterans over long-term disability benefits.

Stephen Toope, a former dean of law at McGill University, will serve as the federal representative in talks to resolve a class-action lawsuit that aims to stop federal benefit clawbacks.

“The well-being of both our serving and retired members is important for our government,” MacKay said in a statement.

“This appointment further underlines our intent to work towards a positive resolution in this matter.”

A Federal Court ruling in May found Ottawa was acting illegally by clawing back long-term disability benefits from veterans who were also receiving pain and suffering payments and other awards.

The clawbacks ended in July, and the “vast majority” of those affected have seen the results reflected in their benefit cheques, MacKay said during a news conference last week in New Brunswick.

Not everyone is satisfied, however. Veterans whose additional rewards and payments exceed the limit of 75 per cent of their military salary — often those who were most severely injured — say they’re still not being treated fairly.

Advocates for veterans rights have said those former soldiers with the most grievous injuries are entitled to receive the maximum benefit, particularly since many can’t work and must rely solely on the pain and suffering awards they already receive.

“There are some who were in a different category and there is ongoing negotiations, as you know, to put into effect that decision,” MacKay said.

“It was a very complicated issue that went back ten years or more and so to reverse that, that situation, it does require further negotiations. We’re moving forward as quickly as possible.”

Dennis Manuge, a Halifax veteran, launched the class-action suit in 2007 to end the clawback, arguing it was unjust to treat pain and suffering awards as income.

Any out-of-court settlement reached by the parties would require the approval of the Federal Court, the Canadian Forces said in a news release.