Strengthening Oversight of Coroners and Forensic Pathologists
The McGuinty government continues to deliver on its commitment to strengthen the province's oversight of coroners and forensic pathologists for greater accountability and transparency.
The Coroners Amendment Act The Coroners Amendment Act was passed on May 28, 2009 and is the first modernization of legislation governing the Office of the Chief Coroner in more than 30 years. The act addresses the recommended legislative amendments in the report by the Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge's Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario by:
- Ensuring a higher standard of oversight and accountability.
- Delivering greater public accessibility and transparency.
- Establishing a framework to advance and ensure the quality of the system.
- Hon. Joseph James, former member of the Ontario judiciary (Chair)
- Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner
- Bill Shearing, Public Member
- Dr. David Williams, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health
- Denise St-Jean, Public Member
- Emily Musing, Executive Director, Pharmacy, Clinical Risk and Quality/Patient Safety Officer, University Health Network
- Dr. Fiona Smaill, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
- John Pearson, Counsel, Crown Law
- Lidia M. Narozniak, Assistant Crown Attorney, Crown Law
- Lori Marshall, Vice President, Patient Care, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
- Dr. Michael Pollanen, Chief Forensic Pathologist
- A Forensic Pathology Service to recognize the complex and important role forensic pathology plays in death investigations, and to ensure that role is now clearly defined.
- A Pathologists Registry to ensure that all pathologists employed in post-mortem examination in the province of Ontario are duly qualified. Currently, there are 168 active pathologists on the register who have been credentialed by the Chief Forensic Pathologist.
- A Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex that will bring together on one site the Office of the Chief Coroner, the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service and the Centre of Forensic Sciences, making collaboration between the units much easier. The Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex will accommodate increased capacity for autopsies and forensic science cases, and provide the state-of-the-art capabilities Ontario needs.