TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - It is with regret that I announce that I
have decided to withdraw from the review that Chief Blair announced on
August 12, 2013.
The basis for the decision is my position as counsel with Borden Ladner
Gervais LLP (BLG), which also acts for the insurers of the Toronto
Police Service in civil suits, some of which include allegations of the
wrongful use of lethal force.
As set out in Chief Blair's August 14 press release, we are both
satisfied that my association with BLG would not in fact impair my
ability to provide the Toronto Police Service with sound advice on the
matters involved in the review.
However, after the announcement, we were surprised by the objections
raised by lawyers for some of the victims' families to my conducting
the review. We had thought that I could structure and conduct the
review to satisfy any concern but apparently not.
Upon careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that my
association with BLG may raise a public discussion about this issue
that would be distracting and unfortunate. I regret that this issue
has arisen but I am of the view that if there is any possibility of
concern in a matter such as this, it is best to address it at the
I understand Chief Blair will be making an announcement about a
replacement this Friday.
SOURCE: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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