TORONTO — An Ontario court has certified a class-action lawsuit against Bell Mobility alleging that expiry dates on its pre-paid wireless services should not be allowed.The suit argues that the services should be treated like gift cards and not have an expiry date.The decision Friday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice allows the case, which has not been proven in court, to proceed.The suit was filed on behalf of anyone in Ontario who had bought pre-paid wireless services since May 2010 from Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile or Solo Mobile — all brands of Bell Canada.Bell said it complies with the law and looks forward to addressing the case in court.“Keep in mind that the threshold for class-action certification is quite low and doesn’t address whether the claim has any merit,” Bell spokeswoman Jacqueline Michelis said in a statement.The Canadian Press
According to the Forestry Commission, the responsibility falls on homeowners to put up defences around their home as it has no obligation to protect private property.Instead it has offered solutions, but warns that if one should install a fence or barbed wire around their home, boar have been known to clear heights up to 1.5 metres (5ft) when invading pig pens.With numbers rising by 50 per cent since 2015, locals are calling on Defra and the Forestry Commission to take more responsibility.Councillor Tim Gwilliam of Forest of Dean District Council said: “It’s just not good enough.”While old people are forced to watch the graves of their loved ones being dug up by the boar, they are busy setting up another workshop to talk about.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Rev Mike Barnsley next to the damage done by wild boar to the ground in the graveyard at St John the Evangelist Church in CinderfordCredit:Gloucester Live / SWNS Wild boar (stock picture) have been causing trouble in Cinderford, GlosCredit:PA They reappeared in 2004 more than 300 years after their extinction in Britain, when they were illegally reintroduced from farms and released into the wild.Since then, a combination of soaring population, winter food shortages and increasing confidence is emboldening the boar towards an increasingly urban existence, causing rows to break out locally over how best to deal with the situation.People living in the area have since seen them raise havoc despite efforts to curb numbers with annual culls, and residents have been warned not to leave bins out. He added: “They need to do something, not let people fend for themselves.”One was recently chased off a school field in the middle of a housing estate in Cinderford, while another was seen by shoppers in the High Street foraging in waste bins.Last May, one had to be shot by rangers after wandering into the centre of Coleford amid fears it could harm the public or cause a road accident.Another recently ventured into St John the Evangelist Church in Cinderford, where warden Chris Taylor was unable to keep them from desecrating graves.He told The Forester newspaper: “It is very distressing for families but so far nothing we have done has managed to keep them out.”We try to keep the gates closed at all times and we ask visitors to close the gates after them, but the boar always seem to manage to get in.”Forestry Commission officials recently met with Defra, Natural England and Animal and Plant Health Agency representatives to discuss the issue.The forest is now the largest breeding ground for wild boar in the country, though groups are springing up across Britain including in Kent, Devon and Dorset.It began in 2004 when a group of around 60 farm reared wild boar were dumped in an illegal release near the village of Staunton on the western edge of the forest, and merged with a group which had escaped from another farm – sparking dramatic increases in numbers.In 2008, Defra published the document ‘Feral wild boar in England: An action plan’, setting out the government’s position on how they should be managedIt was then decided they would be classified as wild animals and as such they were free to roam, but responsibility for them rests with the relevant land owner.The Forestry Commision describe them as “large and unpredictable”, and when disturbed by people and domestic dogs they do not necessarily retreat and hide – instead defending their young when threatened Homeowners in a town besieged by wild boar are being urged to consider putting up 5ft electric fences around their property to fend off the beasts hunting for food.The feral animals have been venturing from remote woodlands into residential areas and have become a growing menace, as they were recently seen straying into a church graveyard where they uprooted turf and ate floral tributes.Locals in Cinderford, Glos, are accordingly being left to “fend for themselves” against the wild pigs, where 1,562 are freely roaming around the Forest of Dean.