Ian Bailey talks with Sandy Rinaldo of CTV News to offer an idea of what can be expected from the Oppal report: Video: What will the Pickton inquiry report recommend?
by Mason Wright 12/17/2012 8:12:42 PM
#mwci 's 63 recommendations incl "compensation fund" for children of missing-murdered women and "healing fund" for their families. #bcpoli
Wally Oppal also proposes province appoint "independent advisor" to "champion" enacting #mwci recommendations. #bcpoli
A drum circle in support of the families of the missing women this morning as they made their way in to review the report from the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)
by Mason Wright 12/17/2012 8:18:19 PM
Oppal has 2 immediate recommendations - 1: fund 24-hour emergency-services centres for sex-trade workers and ... #bcpoli #mwci
2- Enhanced "public transit" among Northern communities, espy Highway 16 - Highway of Tears. #bcpoli #mwci
For context, here are the terms of reference for this commission of inquiry (Source: The Canadian Press): Examine the police investigations into missing women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Crown’s decision in 1998 to stay an attempted murder charge against Robert Pickton related to an attack on a sex worker a year earlier; recommend changes for investigations involving missing women and multiple homicides, particularly those that span the jurisdictions of more than one police force.
by Mason Wright 12/17/2012 8:25:47 PM
Oppal "Fragmentation of policing in the Lower Mainland materially contributed to the failures of the missing women investigations." #mwci
#Oppal says time for study is past, calls for "decisive action" to break "impasse" on regional policing. #mwci #bcpoli
Oppal: "The Greater Vancouver area is the only major center in Canada without a regional police force." #mwci #bcpoli
Oppal - "Let's not wait for the next Robert Pickton to strike" before dealing with regional policing. #mwci #bcpoli
Less than one hour to get through 1,448 page #mwci report before Oppal-Bond newser. Luckily I have two highlight markers.
#Oppal cites "want of leadership" in missing-women case. "There was an absence of leadership" #mwci #bcpoli
No senior police manager took on "leadership role" in missing-women case, says #Oppal #mwci #bcpoli
"Ineffective leadership affected all phases of the investigation," says #Oppal #bcpoli
Here are a few more facts on the commission, from The Canadian Press:
Commissioner: Wally Oppal, a former B.C. Appeal Court judge and one-time attorney general who served in the B.C. Liberal government from 2005 until 2009.
Length: The formal hearings began on Oct. 11, 2011 and ended on June 6, 2012. There were community meetings in northern B.C. in September 2011 and a series of policy forums in April of this year.
Witnesses: More than 80 people testified including current and former police officers, relatives of missing and murdered women, sex workers, advocates, former politicians and academics.
Cost: The B.C. government estimates it has spent about $10 million on the inquiry.
by Mason Wright 12/17/2012 8:47:47 PM