Lawyers provide update on case against steel plant operators
By Greg McNeil
Cape Breton Post
Thurs., Mar. 22, 2007
SYDNEY - An update on the class-action lawsuit on behalf of the people who
live or have lived near the Steel plant, tarponds and coke ovens sites was
The legal action, to be heard in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia,
hopes to prove pass
operations of the steel plant in Sydney knew they were polluting and did
nothing about it.
" We are here to try to bring the court process back to the people so they
understand what is going on," said Ray Wagner, a Coxheath native and the
The process is going well, he said. He told the more than 25 people in
attendance at the
Steel Workers Hall that the next important step is a certification motion
scheduled for April 2008.
" That is a very big miles stone. For us to get from where we were on
such as this- from
filling in March 2004, to having a certification motion in 2008-is quite
fast in terms litigation."
Most recently, plainiffs files statements moving to have the case
heard as a class- action
lawsuit. That decision will likely follow the certification application.
Questions from the floor followed the update. One man asked if Supreme
David MacAdam, who is presiding over the case, would succumb to political
pressure. Wagner said he has no doubt about MacAdam's impartiality.
Reasons for the lengthy process were also in question. According to
Wagner, a class-
action suit must have a lower court record before it proceeds to higher
Wagner believes the 400 people who've joined the class-action suit are
" It is a need to come to a solution that is driving us. It is not on
a basis that this is a
guaranteed result or not a guaranteed result. It is because it is a cause
that needs to be resolved for the people in the city of Sydney.