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Statement from Attorney General on Next Steps in Response to Motherisk Report

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Statement from Attorney General on Next Steps in Response to Motherisk Report

Ministry of the Attorney General

Today Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur made the following statement regarding the selection of an independent commissioner to assist individuals who may have been affected by Motherisk's flawed hair testing methodology:

"Our government continues to be deeply concerned by the Honourable Susan Lang's findings regarding the adequacy and reliability of hair tests conducted at the Motherisk laboratory.

We are committed to moving as quickly as possible to help those who may have been impacted by the laboratory's flawed testing practices. That's why I wish to announce that the Honourable Justice Judith C. Beaman has agreed to lead an independent commission that will provide support to people who have been affected by a Motherisk hair test.

Justice Beaman was first appointed to the bench of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1998 and has led a distinguished career presiding over Ontario's criminal and family courts in the Toronto and Ottawa areas. Rising to the rank of Regional Senior Justice for Eastern Ontario in 2008, she has served as a per diem judge since January 2014.

Over the coming weeks, my ministry will work with Justice Beaman to finalize the commission's mandate and the resources needed to support its work. These details will be set out in an Order in Council, which will be made available to the public.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Justice Beaman for agreeing to take on this challenging role. I am confident that the families impacted by Motherisk's flawed testing practices will get the support they need and deserve under her leadership.

In the meantime, we recognize that many potentially impacted people will have questions. Anyone who believes that they may have been impacted by a Motherisk test can call 1-855-235-8932 for short-term counselling assistance and to request that their name be provided to the commissioner."

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