BC Civil Liberties Association, together with Pivot Legal Society and West Coast LEAF, has recently released a new report entitled Blueprint for an Inquiry. The Missing Women’s Inquiry, led by former BC attorney-general Wally Oppal, was set up to examine the problems arising from investigations of the disappearance and murder of dozens of women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Believing that the Inquiry was an absolute failure, the authors Darcie Bennett, David Eby, Kasari Govender, and Katrina Pacey sought to identify specific lessons for inquiries involving marginalized people in the future. The report includes 23 recommendations and focuses on “broad trends and procedural approaches that future commissioners of inquiry and their staff may usefully adapt to the particularities of their own jurisdiction”.
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