Digest: Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund, Re, 2018 SKQB 341

Date:November 28, 2018
 
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Reported as: 2018 SKQB 341

Docket Number: QB 1038/18 JCS , QB18325

Court: Court of Queen's Bench

Date: 2018-11-28

Judges:

  • Gabrielson

Subjects:

  • Statutes � Interpretation � Informal Public Appeals Act

Digest: A GoFundMe Campaign (Campaign) was started after a bus accident occurred where all 29 passengers, a hockey team and team personnel, were affected: 16 people died, and 13 people survived with various injuries. The Campaign raised $15,172,948. A non-profit corporation, the HBMFI, was established to distribute the funds. HBMFI applied to the court to assist in distributing the funds. An interim distribution of $50,000 was made to each person on the bus and an advisory committee was approved. Information resource persons provided the advisory committee with personal information concerning the 29 people on the bus. In November 2018, the HBMFI made recommendations for allocation of the funds as recommended by the advisory committee: 1) the families of the persons who died in the accident would be paid an additional $475,000; 2) the survivors would be paid an additional $425,000; and 3) any remaining funds in the trust be paid to the 13 survivors in equal shares, share and share alike.
HELD: The Informal Public Appeals Act laid out a framework to deal with the funds raised in the Campaign. The court accepted the recommendation of the advisory committee. The advisory committee outlined the options they faced and also took into account that the survivors of the crash may be entitled to insurance pursuant to legislation, hockey organizations, and other sources. The
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