Pediatric Forensic Pathology Inquiry now under way; Commissioner to make public statement on June 18, 2007



    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Commission lawyers and staff of the Inquiry into
Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario are interviewing witnesses and
examining hundreds of documents in preparation for public hearings later this
year and for the Commissioner's initial public statement next week. The
Commissioner, the Honourable Stephen Goudge, will outline his plan for
fulfilling his mandate at 10 a.m. on June 18, 2007, at the Metropolitan Hotel
at 108 Chestnut Street in Toronto.
    His statement will be open to the public and to the media.
    The Inquiry's mandate is to conduct a systemic review and an assessment
of the policies, procedures, practices, accountability and oversight
mechanisms, quality control measures and institutional arrangements of
pediatric forensic pathology in Ontario from 1981 to 2001 as they relate to
its practice and use in investigations and criminal proceedings. The
Commissioner is to make recommendations to address systemic failings and
restore and enhance public confidence in pediatric forensic pathology in
Ontario.
    The Commission's mandate does not include reporting on any individual
cases that have been or may be subject to a criminal investigation or
proceeding. However, in the days following his statement, members of the
Commission will meet privately with individuals or families affected by
practices in Ontario's pediatric forensic pathology system between 1981 and
2001.
    "It will be very helpful for me to speak with those directly affected in
order for me to understand the impact that systemic failings have on people's
lives," said Commissioner Goudge. "These meetings must take place in private
in order not to prejudice any ongoing legal proceedings and in view of the
intimate and personal nature of the matters that may be discussed. These
meetings will not be part of the formal hearing process."
    Commissioner Goudge noted that the Commission is not empowered to correct
errors in specific cases nor provide financial compensation.
    "But the he information from the meetings will be extremely useful
background to me in my Work," he said.
    "The Commission is dedicated to making sure that no one ever has to
endure the horror of being charged criminally, or having a family unit pulled
apart, or being convicted because of flawed pathology findings or evidence."
    The Commission may be contacted in confidence at (416) 212-6878 or by
e-mail at: contact@goudgeinquiry.ca.
    The Commission's offices are at 180 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON., M5G
1Z8
    More information about the inquiry is available on the Commission's web
page: www.goudgeinquiry.ca
    The Order in Council establishing the Inquiry:
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2007/20070425-pi-tr.asp

    The Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario was established
by the Government of Ontario under the Public Inquiries Act on April 25, 2007.
The Commission is to deliver its final Report and recommendations to the
Attorney General no later than April 25, 2008.




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For further information: or to arrange an interview with Commission
Counsel: Peter Rehak, (416) 212-6877

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