More Oversight Of Coroners And Forensic Pathologists
McGuinty Government Creates Council To Strengthen Accountability and Transparency
Ontario's Death Investigation Oversight Council - the first of its kind in Canada - was established today to oversee the work of the province's coroners and forensic pathologists.
The Council will:
- Provide expert advice to the Chief Coroner and Chief Forensic Pathologist
- Review complaints about death investigations
- Report to the Minister on an annual basis to ensure accountability and transparency
- Establish a complaint review committee, expected to be operational in early spring 2011.
- The creation of the council marks the completion of the legislative amendments called for by the Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge in his Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario.
- The Office of the Chief Coroner annually investigates approximately 18,000 deaths occurring in Ontario.
- The Honourable Joseph James will chair the Death Investigation Oversight Council
“Strengthening Ontario's death investigation system is an ongoing priority. The new council and its complaints committee will meet the public's need for greater transparency and accountability. Providing Ontarians with a reliable and accountable system is a very small way to help them while they are dealing with the loss of a loved one.”