FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - Port Hope, ON
The Municipality of Port Hope has received a decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal today in favour of the Municipality with respect to the ongoing dispute over the $10 million Rural Low Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) Fund.
This decision has set aside judgement in the Ontario Superior Court’s ruling on Angus v. Port Hope (Municipality), and dismisses both the Application and the cross-appeal.
“I am confident that this decision for the Municipality brings the issue to a close,” declared Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson. “We will now move forward, as originally planned, to ensure that this money is dedicated to the residents of the rural region.”
The Ontario Court of Appeal heard the Municipality’s application in April, 2017. The decision reinforces that the Municipality of Port Hope, as the successor of Hope Township, will hold the payment indefinitely and use the income to benefit the rural ratepayers. The ruling clearly states that the Municipality has not breached its obligations in respect of the Hope Township Fund.
“Throughout this entire process, the Municipality’s primary objective has been to ensure the best interests of our rural citizens are being served,” continued Mayor Sanderson. “This ruling will allow the Municipality to safeguard the longevity of the fund to the benefit of our rural residents.”
Council and administration at the Municipality are in the process of reviewing the final decision and will provide further communications to all residents after the ruling has been fully assessed. In the interim, residents may read the full decision at porthope.ca/llrw-fund-rural-court-case
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For more information, please contact:
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator