What is the guiding principle in the interpretation of a release?

Ontario, Canada

The following excerpt is from IAP Claimant H-15019 v. Wallbridge, 2020 ONCA 270 (CanLII):

As acknowledged by this court, the guiding principle was set out in London and South Western Railway v. Blackmore (1870), L.R. 4 H.L. 610: “The general words in a release are limited always to the thing or those things which were specifically in the contemplation of the parties at the time the release was given.”

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