It’s considered to be the worst public-health disaster in Canada’s history: the 1980s tainted-blood disaster in which 20,000 people contracted hepatitis C through another 2,000 hemophiliacs contracted HIV from transfusions.
But while the tragedy is decades old, the legal fight still isn’t over.
The latest chapter goes before a three-day joint hearing of courts Monday in Toronto, over a $250 million surplus in one victims’ fund, and a $65 million hole in another.
Fred Girling is the widower of a woman who passed away after receiving tainted blood.
He says his family was already compensated, covered under the the first fund.
“Why not just take the surplus and give it to the other people, I mean it’s set aside, it’s not as if ‘gee, we have to come up with this money,’ it’s there.”
Girling says he understands the stress the uncompensated victims are under, adding without the help he and his wife would have faced disaster.
“I’d probably be out on the street, because you want to do everything that you can for your spouse.”
Vancouver lawyer David Klein tells CKNW around 300 people have yet to be compensated, around one hundred of those in BC.