Barker v. Barker, 2007 CanLII 13700 (ON S.C.)

  • April 24, 2007

Date: 2007-4-24 Justice Cullity. | Link

Plaintiffs claims relate to the treatment they received between 1965 and 1983 as residents, and patients, at the Oak Ridge maximum security division of the Mental Health Centre at Penetanguishene during the administration of programs allegedly conducted by the defendants under the supervision of the Crown (province of Ontario). Defendants propose to image and code the medical records, some 50,000 to 100,000 double-sided documents, and make the electronic collection available to the plaintiffs. The defendants moved for orders requiring the plaintiffs to pay one-third of the cost of scanning, and coding, the documents - the other two-thirds to be borne equally by the Crown and the defendant physicians. The motions were opposed by the plaintiffs. The court agreed that the benefits to the plaintiffs justified an order for the sharing of the costs of conversion.