Missing Women Inquiry

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Money For Victims Coming Soon: Lawyer

VANCOUVER - An offer to provide financial compensation to the children of serial killer Robert Pickton's victims could come as soon as six weeks from now, a lawyer for the British Columbia government...
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Pickton's Brother Claims Ignorance

VANCOUVER - The brother of Robert William Pickton says he had no idea sex workers were being taken to his family's property near Vancouver and murdered, and he denies ever helping the serial killer co...
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Why Hitchhiking is a Risky Road for Aboriginal Women

As my wife and I were driving home in Duncan, B.C. three years ago, we noticed a young girl hitchhiking. She was young, First Nations, and not dressed for the weather. As we stopped to pick her up, we noticed a white truck stop on the other side of the road, and two guys got out and walked towards her. We cut them off, and told her to hop in. This was just weeks after a gruesome murder. Fast-forward to last night. On our way home we noticed another young girl hitchhiking. Until people all over Canada demand better from our leaders, nothing will change, and Aboriginal girls will continue to go missing in record numbers, numbers that already concern the U.N.
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The Time Is Now to Inquire About Missing and Murdered Women

At the beginning of last week we rejoiced with our colleagues upon hearing that Canadian premiers called for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. And then in less than 24-hours the Feds dismissed the premier's urgent call to action. Full stop. If hundreds of white women were murdered and missing would an inquiry be so quickly dismissed? What about hundreds of kindergarten teachers? Or hundreds of fire fighters? The premiers have it right. The time is now.
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Is B.C. Stalling On Missing Women?

A coalition of 20 First Nations and women’s groups is slamming the B.C. government for failing to implement recommendations from the inquiry into serial killer Robert Pickton. "We're sick and tired o...
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National Inquiry On Missing, Murdered Women Not Best Answer

Waiting for the Canadian state to do something about violence is literally killing us, so I am not interested in participating in any delaying tactics or knowledge gathering for a state that clearly isn't listening. I want meaningful change and I want it now, and I don't think that's too much to ask for. Because my life and the lives of all women and girls are worth more than this.
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Media Bites: The Missing Women Report Finds Canada's Dark Side

Monday morning marked the long-awaited release of Wally T. Oppal's Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report. To say commissioning this report was a bit controversial is like saying Pickton himself was a bit murdery. Oppal's investigation basically entailed a jaunty stroll across a packed minefield of modern Canada's touchiest subjects including racism, sexism, classism, aboriginal politics, the sex trade, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, bureaucratic cruelty and police incompetence, all headed by a party hack from an embattled provincial government that might very well poll worse than all the others put together.
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Missing Women's Inquiry: Wally Oppal's Good Intentions

Yes, the prejudices faced by Vancouver's missing women were systemic and institutional, but systems and institutions are made up of individuals, and ultimately some of them should be found responsible. Repeatedly, Commissioner Wally Oppal fails to do so. The judge has failed to judge. Imagine if during his time on the bench he'd been willing to hear such damning evidence, and then at the end of the trial declared that no sentence should be passed because, after all, in the end it's society's fault.
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'A Very Serious And Sad Lesson'

VANCOUVER - Families of women believed murdered by serial-killer Robert Pickton welcomed the massive inquiry report into the police bungling that allowed the pig farmer to continue killing, saying wea...
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Missing Women's Report Recommendations

VANCOUVER - Commissioner Wally Oppal's final report into the failed investigations into Robert Pickton included 63 recommendations. Here are some of the key ones:—Regional policing: The provincial gov...
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'Nobody Deserves To Lose A Daughter'

VANCOUVER - The parents of an aboriginal girl found murdered last week in Kamloops, B.C., have joined the call for a national inquiry into murdered and missing First Nations women.Matilda Fowler and G...
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Teen's Death Stirs Inquiry Calls

OTTAWA - The Assembly of First Nations says the recent murder of a 16-year-old native teen is yet another reason Ottawa should call a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women...
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Missing Women Report's Release Date

VANCOUVER - The families of the women Robert Pickton plucked from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will finally see the results from a public inquiry this month — more than a decade after the serial kill...
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Critics Slam Pickton Inquiry

Three B.C. human rights groups say the Missing Womens Commission of Inquiry failed the people it was designed to help. West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), the Pivot Legal Society and t...