Superior Court awards $3.22 million in court costs to Saugeen FirstNation

By Cory Bilyea  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter SAUGEEN OJIBWAY NATION – In a significant development, Ontario Superior Court Justice, the Honourable Susan Vella, ruled in favour of the Chippewas of Saugeen, awarding the reserve a substantial sum of $3.22 million for court costs, disbursements and HST in the long, historic court case that disputed the reserve boundary on the north side of Sauble Beach. The costs have been apportioned as follows: – Government of Canada, $322,000; – Province of Ontario, $1.28 million; and – Town of South Bruce Peninsula, $1.67 million. In addition, Justice Vella has mandated that the town pay $467,000 of Canada’s costs. On May 22, Saugeen First Nation Chief Conrad Ritchie commented to the Saugeen community, saying, “Chief and council are grateful that the court has recognized…

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