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City of Thunder Bay Leaking Pipes Class Action

City of Thunder Bay Leaking Pipes Class Action

Time for you to register

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  December 5, 2020 (LSN)  Things have been falling into place for the Leaky Pipes Facebook Group.  After months of frustration with the city not hearing our voices, seeing our pleas and ignoring our desperation we have launched our class action suit against the City of Thunder Bay. The proposed class-action suits seek compensation for $350,000,000.  We will now move for the certification of this action as class proceeding. 

Our statement of claim alleges that, among other things, the city owed legal duties to the residents, businesses and other organizations supplied with water from the city, to ensure that the water supply did not unnecessarily corrode our pipes and plumbing systems. This statement of claim alleges that the city breached those duties through the introduction and use of sodium hydroxide into the water supply. We believe that the city had other alternatives rather than sodium hydroxide to address the lead levels in the water.

I am very pleased to say that we have retained a first class action firm to act on our behalf. Roy O’Connor LLP with the assistance of Eric Knutsen, a Queens University law professor and Harvard trained lawyer. Knutsen was formally from Thunder Bay and practiced law here. We have an excellent team representing us! They are a three-time winner of Benchmark Canada’s  award for Plaintiffs Firm of the year in Canada. 

For all those inquiring how to be ‘Part of the Class Action’. 

Our lawyers have updated their website to make it easier for people interested in the class action to provide their contact information to them. 

Just go to: https://thunderbaypipesclassaction.ca/ and click on “Register for More Information. We are in it to win it!

By Patsy Stadnyk

Roy O’Connor LLP has  issued a proposed class action lawsuit against the City of Thunder Bay for damage alleged to be caused to pipes and plumbing systems following the City’s introduction of sodium hydroxide into the municipal water supply.  The damage alleged includes what are described as “pinhole leaks” in the plumbing, the significant costs to repair the leaks, and the resulting damage from the leaks.

The proposed class action seeks compensation totaling $350,000,000 to cover the thousand or tens of thousands of residents, businesses and other operations whose pipes and plumbing systems were damaged or, are at risk of damage and failure, by the City’s introduction of sodium hydroxide into the water supply years ago. Following complaints and concerns being raised, the City discontinued the use of sodium hydroxide earlier this year.

The Plaintiff’s statement of claim alleges that, among other things, the City owed legal duties to the proposed class members (including individuals, businesses and other organizations supplied with water from the City) to ensure that the water supply did not unnecessarily corrode their pipes and plumbing systems. The statement of claim alleges that the City breached those duties through the introduction and use of sodium hydroxide into the water supply. The statement of claim further alleges that the City had more reasonable, prudent and appropriate alternatives (other than the introduction of sodium hydroxide) that were readily available to address any concerns that the City had about the potential leaching of lead in plumbing systems in a subset of local properties. The Plaintiff’s allegations have yet to be proven in Court.

Next Steps

The Plaintiff will move for the certification of this action as a class proceeding.

Additional updates will be posted on this site as the case develops.

hese are your ward Councillors 

Northwood Red River McIntyre Westfort Current River Neebing McKellar
219 142 116 45 56 57 34
Shelby Ch'ng Northwood Brian McKinnon Red River Ward Albert Aiello McIntyre Wasd Kristen Oliver Westfort Ward Andrew Foulds Current River Ward Brian Hamilton McKellar Ward

Shelby Ch'ng

Brian McKinnon

Albert Aiello

Kristen Oliver

Andrew Foulds

Cody Fraser

Brian Hamilton

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