Wally Oppal

Highway Of Tears Safer Than Before: Minister

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's justice minister insisted Monday that a notorious section of highway in the province's north known as the Highway of Te...

B.C. Silent On Highway Of Tears, Say Local Leaders

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A year and a half after a public inquiry called for urgent action to protect women along a stretch of highway in northern British Columbia...

$50,000 To Children Of Serial Killer's Victims

CP | Beth Leighton, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The botched investigation into serial killer Robert Pickton has resulted in a settlement of $50,000 for each of the victims' children who ...

Time To Bite Bullet On Metro Vancouver Regional Police Force

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

If British Columbians pay the same bucks as Ontario and Quebec for policing, has fewer cops and a higher crime severity index, what gives?

Pickton Inquiry: More Action Needed

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The British Columbia government has to act now on compensating serial killer Robert Pickton's victims and implementing other recommendatio...

Pickton Inquiry Changed..What?

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Nearly a year after a retired judge called for sweeping change to prevent another Robert Pickton, the British Columbia government has yet ...

Is Regional Policing REALLY A Good Idea?

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia

DELTA, B.C. - Size need not dictate quality of service.That was the key message delivered by law enforcement authorities to citizens of a small Britis...

Panghali Murder: Oppal Refused Guilty Plea

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. man accused of killing his pregnant wife and burning her body offered to plead guilty to manslaughter, but the attorney general at the time, Wa...

National Inquiry On Missing, Murdered Women Not Best Answer

Robyn Bourgeois | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Robyn Bourgeois

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.

Missing Women's Inquiry: Wally Oppal's Good Intentions

Reive Doig | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Reive Doig

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.

Is Anyone Listening To The 'Forsaken,' Marginalized Women Of Vancouver?

Robyn Bourgeois | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Robyn Bourgeois

As Commissioner Wally Oppal and the media tried to talk about Vancouver's Missing Women, the forsaken women, the marginalized women, these women demanded space to talk for themselves. They demanded to be heard — just as the marginalized women in the Downtown Eastside have long done. It remains to be seen, however, if anyone is listening.

Regional Police Could Have Caught Killer Sooner: Inquiry

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The final report into the failures that allowed Robert Pickton to remain at large for so long has revived a decades-old debate about wheth...

'A Very Serious And Sad Lesson'

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Families of women believed murdered by serial-killer Robert Pickton welcomed the massive inquiry report into the police bungling that allo...

Missing Women's Report Recommendations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Commissioner Wally Oppal's final report into the failed investigations into Robert Pickton included 63 recommendations. Here are some of t...

Facts About Missing Women Inquiry Commission

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Some facts about the public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case:Terms of reference: Examine the police investigations into missing women ...

The Significance Of B.C.'s Missing Women Inquiry Report

Robyn Bourgeois | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Robyn Bourgeois

The final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry is significant because it will likely inform how future investigations are carried out. Importantly, particularly for those of us interested in ending violence against women and girls, this is a critical opportunity to observe the inner workings of a formal state response to this violence, which in turn, better prepares us for engaging the Canadian state on this issue.

Damning Report To B.C. Inquiry: "Wouldn't Piss On Them If They Were On Fire"

Reive Doig | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Reive Doig

Independent counsel Jason Gratl has prepared a damning report to the B.C. Missing Women's Inquiry that's looking into the years before the arrest of convicted killer Robert William Pickton. Titled "Wouldn't Piss On Them If They Were on Fire: How Discrimination Against Sex Workers, Drug Users and Aboriginal Women Enabled a Serial Killer," it pulls few punches. Indifference. Ineptitude. Discrimination. These words reverberate throughout the document.

B.C. Missing Women's Inquiry Budget: Who Is Prostituting Themselves Here?

Reive Doig | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Reive Doig

Compare the budget for B.C.'s Missing Women's Inquiry (approaching $7 million) and the amounts charged by those working for the commission with what's spent by frontline charities like WISH and PACE that actually work with sex trade workers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Senior commission counsel Art Vertlieb billed the province $483,741 for his work on the inquiry. If you put that together with the $482,139 billed by associate counsel Karey Brooks and her law firm you could fund WISH, with its $900,000 budget, for an entire year, and still have enough left over to fund PACE for a season.

Pickton Inquiry Commissioner 'Appalled, Outraged' At Sexism Claims

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - The commissioner overseeing the public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case has launched a formal investigation into anonymous allegations...

First Nations Silenced?

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2012 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - The head of a public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case defended the process Tuesday against allegations it's ignoring the voices of abo...

Lawyer For Aboriginal Interests Quits Inquiry

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - An independent lawyer appointed to represent the interests of aboriginals at the inquiry into the Robert Pickton case announced her resign...

No Protection For Former Prostitute Testifying At Serial Killer Inquiry

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - A former prostitute described as the only one who got away from serial killer Robert Pickton won't get the same protections as other witne...