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Toronto woman launches G20 class-action lawsuit

Lawsuit seeks $45 million in damages from Toronto Police, attorney general


 

Toronto office administrator Sherry Good is now the face of a G20 class-action lawsuit filed Thursday against the Toronto Police Services Board and the federal attorney general, who represents the RCMP. The lawsuit seeks $45 million in damages for all those wrongfully arrested, detained, imprisoned or otherwise held by police during the G20 summit at locations across the city. Good’s lawyers say the Ontario Provincial Police may also be named at a later date. Good said she was walking home from work on the evening of June 27 when she decided to join an informal demonstration. She was caught by a police technique known as “kettling” when about 250 people were encircled by a wall of police officers at the intersection of Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. Good was released without charge, but said she suffered from stress and panic attacks as a result of the incident. The next step involves the court’s approval of the class-action lawsuit, which could take more than a year.

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Toronto woman launches G20 class-action lawsuit

  1. I wonder if the brass of the RCMP are suffering from stress and panic attacks as a result of getting sued? Would they have grounds to counter-sue?

  2. She should pay all expenses related to the lawsuit, Court costs, lawyer's fees – everything, whether or not she wins the jackpot.

    • Why should this civil case be treated differently than any other?

  3. In future Canadian school classrooms, she will be heralded a true Canadian hero – and rightly so.
    From the ill-advised location of the summit, to it's unprecedented and totally outrageous billion dollar price tag, to the illegal mass arrests of peaceful citizens and violent law enforcement actions, the G20 Summit in Toronto is a black mark on Canadian history.
    The only way to hold those responsible to account is to set a legal precedent in civil court which clearly concludes that our governments acted illegally with regards to civil liberties guarranteed under our Constitution. Only then can criminal charges against our wreckless, irresponsible leaders be contemplated.
    It was entirely obvious from the very outset that the billion dollar price tag on this Summit was just the cover charge, and that lawsuits will be forthcoming.
    All it took was someone with the courage and integrity to fight on behalf of all Canadians to ensure what happened in Neo-Nazi Germany does not happen here. The actions committed by our law enforcement over the course of the G20 Summit in Toronto have proven that it can.

  4. Really, how can anyone who was held for a while, but not arrested, think she is deserving of any $$??? If you were at home, you wouldn't of been delayed. How truly pathetic. She should be ashamed of her outright greed and I certainly hope she is held responsible for all the legal bills. I hope there is a shred of common sense left in this country and that FOR ONCE a person is held accountable and the public purse is not at the mercy of every "wronged" actor/actress….but then again, this is Canada and the trend is that no individual is ever held responsible, it is everyone elses fault. How sad!

    • What a truly ignorant and uninformed statement. She deserves every cent and more. Every one of the people detained and NOT charged with a crime, deserves every cent. Every Canadian who is held without charge in this way, has had their rights taken away….. And that is proof enough….. i think they deserve one million each.

      • TruthBeTold- I hope you are willing to put your money where your beliefs are. I am not, and I certainly do not agree with your view point. I am against a cent going towards these people, and I am pretty sure I am not alone in this opinion. Funny though how not many of us are willing to outright say it, and so many of your ilk flood the board crying foul and compensation…..As for my statement being ignorant and uninformed, it differs from what you think, but I have every right to it, I may not burn cars, break windows, get in the faces of police officers and try to push the envelope as far as I can, only to cry and ask for cash when the pendulum swings back. But hey, we must all be willing to pay for these poor "victims" – what a load!

    • Her class action has nothing to do with greed, most of the money will serve to pay the lawyers. In a high profile case such as this, where the government will fight tooth and nail to justify their illegal actions, the process will be prolonged and very expensive. Unfortunately, it is the only legal way to bring accountability for the criminal misuse of public funds and suspension of public rights.
      There have been charges laid against less than 20 people relating to the vandalism that occured – this cost over a billion dollars? That's enough to pay out nearly a decade of pension disbursements for Canadian seniors who have supported our society all their lives! If it costs a "mere" 45 million to send a message to our polititians that this kind of behaviour, in a deep recession no less, is unacceptable (if not criminal), it will be the best money spent related to this disaster of a summit.

      • No wonder lawyer are so vocal about it. It is money time.

    • As for staying at home to avoid being arrested for walking down a public street, that sounds more like North Korea than Canada, doesn't it? I don't think our govenment has the right to tell Canadians in their own town when to stay home and when it's ok to come out. This wasn't a war zone, it was a meeting. Let's get a grip.

      • Mike if you read the article, she decided to join an "informal" demonstration, that decision was hers. Maybe bad timing for her, but the police had to keep a lid on further violence and she put herself in that place. So cry me a river and take you North Korea crap out of the equation. As for it not being a war zone, tell that to all the businesses in the area.

        • Sure she decided to join and informal demonstration. As a Canadian citizen she has every right to do so. The reason our charter guarantees the right of assembly, right of association, right to assemble, assumption of innocence until proven guilty and so on, is to ensure that the people have more power than the government. When the government is afraid of the people, that's liberty. When the people are afraid of the government, that's tyranny. No Canadian should be afraid of being arrested for being in a public space, or of voicing their concern publicly. And niether the police nor the government has the right to arrest arbitrarily without cause. Do not confuse the 10,000 peaceful protesters with the 50-100 vandals who were there. The vandals did no favours to either the store owners nor the legitimate protesters. They were plain thugs and deserve to be prosecuted.

        • Oh yeah – this kind of thing probably happens in North Korea all the time. Do you think it's ok if it only happens a few days here and there in Canada?
          Arresting people under a law that doesn't exist, has never been challenged in court, and provides judge and jury power to anyone with any security badge, sets a precedent – and the law in Canada is 99% precedent. That means if it isn't dealt with in the courts immediately, it will be OK to suspend civil liberties any time the government deems it right, because it's been done before.
          And why would a police force 20,000 strong arrest 1000 law-abiding citizens and stand down when some 50 thugs go on a rampage? There's no crap in this equation, except that left by the law enforcement.
          One more thing – isn't the term "secret law", by definition, an oxymoron? If it's secret, it isn't a law. No one can abide by laws they don't know about, which is why there aren't any "secret laws" in Canada. The fact is the government acted illegally, and the point of the law is that no one is above it.

    • "if you were at home you wouln't have been delayed" is what you wrote, so in your vision of canada people should be locked in thier homes and not aloud to walk the streets if our leaders deside to gather in one of our cities. do you realise how many young canadian soldiers died in world war two so we could have the freedom to walk on our streets. you really should think about what you wrote. it would be like me saying if you didn't use your right to freedom of speach on this forum no one would know you are a very week minded person.

    • Being detained with no charges for no legal reason is basically kidnapping.

  5. Not only will she EASILY win this case, the damages awarded will be a lot more the 45 million. The number will be closer to 500 million with punitive damages added on. Not to mention the most winnable case in recent court history.

    • The courts have to approve the lawsuit first…and they won't !

      • Why wouldn't they?

      • If you read the notice of action, she has a very strong case. I don't see how any self-respecting judge can dismiss it.

        • I suppose..Lets hope we get a Judge that can use common sense !

  6. The cops when let loose on an innocent populace act as thugs and criminals themselves when arresting ordinary people under secret powers have become worse than the thugs who burned the cop cars.. This woman has the courage to sue these miscreants and I say good for her. To the ones defending these rogue cops have you lost your minds? The huge majority of people arresetd were not even protesting!!!!! But you defend cops who act like criminals? You are the exact kind that would have cheered Hitler at Nurnberg in the 1930's!! Yes I said you would be cheering Hitler!!!! I hope you law and order types remember this when a cop pulls you over and arbitraily searches you or violates your rights as a citizen, then defends these thugs.

  7. Sherry Good is a nice lady, but arguably not the ideal face for class action lawsuit she’s just launched against police
    on behalf of 800 people detained without charge during the G20 Summit
    weekend.