BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C. Says Action Taken On 75 Per Cent Of Missing Women Report Recommendations

12/04/2014 05:15 EST | Updated 02/03/2015 05:59 EST
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New Westminster, CANADA: This artist's drawing shows accused serial killer Robert William Pickton sitting in court 22 January 2007 in New Westminster, Canada. The grisly murder trial of pig farmer Robert William Pickton, accused in Canada's worst serial killings, began 22 January 2007 in a case described by a judge as a horror film. AFP PHOTO/Drawing by Felicity Don (Photo credit should read FELICITY DON/AFP/Getty Images)
VICTORIA - British Columbia's government says it has taken action on 75 per cent of the recommendations made two years ago after a public inquiry into the Robert Pickton serial killings.

Attorney General Suzanne Anton says the actions are helping vulnerable women and include expanding cellphone service along the so-called Highway of Tears, a remote stretch of northern highway where women and girls have disappeared.

Anton says the government has also passed legislation that helps police find missing people sooner and some of the children of missing and murdered women have already received $50,000 compensation payments.

Pickton was convicted in 2007 of the second-degree murders of six women and was sentenced to life in prison, although he admitted to killing 49 women and the DNA or remains of 33 were found on his farm.

A commission of inquiry into the Pickton case made 63 recommendations in December 2012, including funding a 24-hour centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for sex workers and starting a transportation service along the Highway of Tears.

Anton says the government continues to work on improving transportation options along that stretch of highway.

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