Pickton lawsuit: B.C. to pay $50,000 per child

B.C. and Vancouver plan to settle a civil case this week from children of missing women whose DNA...

B.C. and Vancouver plan to settle a civil case this week from children of missing women whose DNA was found on serial killer Robert Pickton's farm, sources told 24 hours. (FILE PHOTO)

David P. Ball, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:47 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Province of B.C. and the City of Vancouver are poised to settle a lawsuit with 13 children whose mothers' DNA was found on serial killer Robert Pickton's farm, with each child receiving $50,000 plus legal costs, QMI Agency has learned.

In addition, sources from the victims’ families revealed the province also plans to announce Monday $50,000 in compensation for at least 80 other children of moms linked to the Pickton case.

“We're generally pleased with the settlement,” said Neil Chantler, one of three lawyers who launched the civil case. “Nobody is suggesting that $50,000 is adequate compensation for the loss of their mothers, but this settlement is in accordance with the law in this province.”

The lawsuits were launched last May against Pickton, his brother Dave and sister Linda, the governments of Vancouver and B.C. — representing their respective police forces — and several individually named officers.

The civil case returns to court Tuesday, but will now only focus on the two Pickton brothers.

Not all of the families are happy with B.C.'s offer. Bridget Perrier is the stepmother of Angel Wolfe, whose birth mother Brenda's remains were found on Pickton's farm.

“As someone who's raised a child that is an orphan due to the systemic racism that went on within the province of B.C. and within the (Vancouver police), this is disgusting,” Perrier said.

Lorelei Williams lost her cousin Tanya Holyk — whose remains were found on the farm — but wasn't part of the lawsuit.

“No amount of money replaces a mother,” she said. “But at least it's something. (Missing and Murdered Women Inquiry commissioner) Wally Oppal said they should do this, but we've had to push and fight for it ever since.”

Chantler said the payout is standard under the law in B.C., which compensates less than other provinces, shining a “spotlight on the woefully inadequate wrongful death law” here.

On Thursday, B.C.'s justice ministry announced $5 million for Oppal's recommendations, but would not comment Sunday on reports of a settlement.


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