Previously, I have written about Lawyer Egan’s case against Ontario on October 23rd, 2014 under Ontario may be sued for violence in London Detection Centre.


From Egan’s office, McKenzieLake’s website, under Practice Area, Class Actions Law, by selecting Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre Class Action under Current Actions, I found a summary of the case and a series of related documents. This and my upcoming posts will be the key points from the first one.



The following is taken from Court file #2291/13, which is a Statement of Claim between Plaintiffs Glenn Johnson and Michael Smith, and Defendant Her Majesty, the Queen, in right of Ontario on December 9th, 2013.



Characters and Place

  1. Plaintiff G. Johnson of London was in EMDC from May 3rd, 2012 to December 30, 2012 before going to another institution.


  1. Plaintiff M. Smith of Tillsonburg was in EMDC from July 9th, 2012 to July 12th, 2012.


  1. Johnson and Smith sue on their own behalf as well as every single person who were imprisoned at EMDC between January 1, 2010 and August 25, 2013 for whatever reasons.


  1. The Queen is sued because technically she operates EMDC… on paper.

8. So when it says “the Queen”, it means the staffs who work at EMDC, guards, medical staff and whoever were responsible for the custody of the inmates during the Claim Period.


  1. The Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) is a correctional institution on Exeter Road in London, Ontario.


The Claim


4. The Plaintiffs cliam


b) a declaration that
i) The conditions at EMDC and the practices of Ontario while caring for the inmates during 2010 and 2013 deprived them of the right to life, liberty and security as guaranteed by Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

ii) The conditions at the EMDC and the practices of the custodians of the inmates constituted cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment contrary to Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


The Plaintiffs claim:

d) Total damage for negligence, failed to fulfill guardianship, assault and battery add up to three hundred million dollars.

f) An additional twenty-five million dollars in order to warn future practices.