The justice leading the Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry (RHVPI) has excluded crash victims and the families of crash victims in the process.
In a decision on Wednesday, commissioner Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel granted “full participation rights” to the city of Hamilton; the province; Dufferin Construction, which built the parkway; and Golder Associates, which commissioned the Tradewind friction study, the focal point of the inquiry.
Five other groups and individuals seeking to take part in the process – including a former city accountant; crash victim Jodi Gawrylash; and Belinda Marazzato, the mother of Olivia Smosarski, who died in a collision on the parkway – were declined participation.
Two law firms, Grosso Hooper and Scarfone Hawkins who represent a group involved in a $250M class-action lawsuit against the City of Hamilton filed on behalf of drivers who have crashed on the parkway since its opening in 2007, were also denied.
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