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Ottawa, Jul 23 (Canadian-Media): It was announced July 23 that a joint review of the April 18 and 19 Nova Scotia tragedy would be conducted by Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, and Nova Scotia Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mark Furey, Govt. of Canada reports said.
Bill Blair. Image credit: Facebook page
A 51-year-old dentist, Gabriel Wortman's killing rampage lasting 13 hours and a span of more than 150 kilometres on April 18 and 19 in rural Nova Scotia took the lives of twenty-two people, torched of homes, and shot pets.
After a lengthy search, police were able to shoot and kill the man in Enfield, N.S.
“The devastating loss of life in Nova Scotia will not soon be forgotten, and all Canadians stand with Nova Scotians as they mourn and search for answers...and provide recommendations to help prevent such tragedies in the future, ” Bill Blair said in a news release.
All Canadians have been shaken by the horrific events that unfolded in Nova Scotia in April 2020 and are united in wanting answers to how and why this tragedy occurred, and how healing can take place and how such events can be prevented in the future.
A three-member independent Review Panel, chaired by Michael MacDonald and include Anne McLellan and Leanne Fitch, has been jointly appointed to conduct this review and report back on its findings and recommendations.
The panel will take into consideration the causes, context and circumstances leading to the incident as well as the response of police, and steps taken to inform, support and engage victims, families and affected citizens.
The review will address a variety of issues relating to the perpetrator, police and other law enforcement agencies, as well as victims and families.
“I know the victims’ families and survivors continue to experience a level of trauma and grief that most of us cannot imagine. The Government of Nova Scotia is committed...to support and care for the families throughout this process and on the journey ahead,” said Mark Furey in the news release.
Some topics to be reviewed include gender-based and intimate-partner violence; the perpetrator’s access to firearms; police response; and police communications with the public, victims, their families, the Alert Ready Program and other law enforcement agencies.
A commitment has been made by the two ministers that all agencies and organizations under their respective jurisdiction and authorities will participate fully in this Review and ensure that the Review Panel is equipped with all it needs to fulfill its mandate.
These include, but are not limited to, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canada Firearms Program, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Criminal Intelligence Service and the national Alert Ready Program.
The work of the Review Panel would be guided by restorative principles making sure there is no further harm or trauma caused as well as to be attentive to the needs and impacts upon those most directly affected and harmed.
Both the interim and final report outlining findings and recommendations will be made public.