Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario to hold policy roundtable in Thunder Bay, Ont., February 28 and 29, 2008

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - The Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in
Ontario will hold its final two policy roundtables in Thunder Bay, Ont., on
February 28 and 29, 2008.
    The roundtables will take place at the Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Rd., in
Thunder Bay, starting at 10:30 a.m. on February 28th and at 10 a.m. on
February 29th. The roundtables are open to the public and will be webcast
live. The webcast may be accessed through the Inquiry's web page
    The roundtables in Thunder Bay are aimed at addressing a number of
systemic issues identified by the Inquiry. These include how pediatric
forensic pathology should be delivered to communities in northern Ontario. The
roundtable on February 29th will be devoted exclusively to the challenges of
delivering pediatric forensic pathology services in Aboriginal communities.
    The roundtables will conclude the Inquiry's public hearings that began on
November 12, 2007. Written closing submissions from parties to the Inquiry are
due on March 21. Oral submissions will be heard on March 31 and April 1.

    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 Honourable Stephen T. Goudge is the Commissioner.
    More information about the Inquiry and a full schedule of the roundtables
is available on the Commission's web page

    MEDIA ARRANGEMENTS IN THUNDER BAY: The Inquiry will provide audio and
video outlets for media in the back of the hearing room. The proceedings may
be recorded and broadcast. Photo opportunities may be arranged before the
start of the day's session. However, during the sessions, only Inquiry cameras
will be permitted to record in the hearing room. The output of the Inquiry
cameras may be recorded and/or broadcast as required.
    Media should be aware that on November 1, 2007, the Commissioner issued a
non-publication order that applies to certain names. His ruling is on the web
page under the Legal Information button titled: Ruling on the Requests for
Non-Publication Orders and on the home page under the title: Ruling on the
Requests for Non-Publication Orders.

For further information:

For further information: Peter Rehak, Media Relations contact for the
Inquiry, (416) 212-6877, e-mail:

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