Financial facts on the Cornwall Public Inquiry



    CORNWALL, ON, Nov. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of his regular updates to
the public, Commissioner Normand Glaude today provided an overview of
expenditures by the Cornwall Public Inquiry. To the end of October, 2007 these
expenditures were $11.96-million. By the end of the Commission's fiscal year -
March 31, 2008 - the total spent and budgeted is $16.1-million.
    These expenditures include Commission counsel, staff, investigators and
experts as well as office overhead and costs associated with the hearing
processes such as the hearings room, webcast, translation, document management
and distribution and communications. It covers policy and research expenses as
well as counselling and witness support.
    The Inquiry, which began in 2005, was mandated by the Ministry of the
Attorney General to inquire into the institutional responses to allegations of
abuse and to make appropriate recommendations for community reconciliation and
healing.
    The Commissioner's update is the twelfth in an on-going series of
statements that reflect his commitment to keeping the public informed. The
statement was delivered just before the Inquiry begins its last phase of
evidentiary hearings: institutional response to allegations of sexual abuse of
children and youth.
    In addition to covering the direct costs of the Cornwall Public Inquiry,
the Commissioner noted that he had recommended to the Ministry of the Attorney
General that it provide full or partial funding to eight parties at the
Inquiry. The Ministry had agreed to this funding, as well to his
recommendations to fund legal services of several witnesses who were not
parties. "The total payments for all parties or individuals recommended by me
to receive funding and who had submitted payments for funded services by the
end of October was $2.75 million," the Commissioner said. Payment was made by
the Ministry of the Attorney General.
    In his statement, Commissioner Glaude underlined his on-going commitment
to ensure that public dollars are spent prudently and appropriately.
"Inquiries are designed to address complex issues and this takes time. They
grapple with sensitive matters and this touches on dispute and conflict and
heartbreak - and this also takes time. And time costs money. I am well aware
that a public inquiry is publicly funded. My decisions and approach balance
thoroughness in addressing complex and sensitive matters with efficiency and
economy," the Commissioner said in his statement.
    So far, Phase 1 (evidentiary/investigative phase) of the Inquiry has
heard from 85 witnesses, and has held 167 hearing days.
    Phase 2, which examines ways to create an environment to foster healing
and reconciliation in the Cornwall community has undertaken a broad range of
research, workshops and training opportunities in Cornwall. Through the
Commission's Advisory Panel, outreach activities have included town halls,
community and neighbourhood meetings and consultations. Both Counselling
Support and Witness Support are offered through Phase 2 of the Inquiry. To
date, 260 people have contacted the Cornwall Public Inquiry to seek
Counselling Support.
    The Inquiry expects to complete evidentiary hearings by July 2008.
    The full text of the Commissioner's statement can be found on the Inquiry
website at www.cornwallinquiry.ca under 'What's New' on the home page.




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