The release of Wally Oppal’s scathing final report from B.C.’s missing women inquiry was met with sobbing, drumming, and anger on Dec. 17 as families and friends began the next stage of grieving for their lost ones, and rights groups rallied around the call for a Canada-wide investigation.
Here’s a look back over some of my key stories of the last year.
Province pledges fast implementation of Commission recommendations. Critics demand more action on racism, systemic problems.
British Columbia’s Attorney General Shirley Bond has pledged to implement “systemic changes” after the release of the highly critical Missing Women Commission of Inquiry’s final report.
From the photograph, 16-year-old CJ Morningstar Fowler smirks out at reporters, her head tilted in an almost questioning expression. On Dec. 6, the Gitanmaax First Nation youth was found murdered in Kamloops.
British Columbia’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry into the alleged police mishandling of the Robert Pickton serial killer investigation is taking another jab from some of the very groups who had fought for an inquiry into dozens of missing, mostly aboriginal women for years.
What would justice look like for B.C.’s missing women inquiry?
Eight months after they began, hearings into why police failed to catch serial killer Robert Pickton sooner ended much as they began: with families and aboriginal groups protesting outside.
Co-winning submission, Canadian Journalism Foundation 2012 Excellence in Journalism Award (small media). Describing a ‘turning, wrenching feeling,’ would-be police informant Bill Hiscox reveals to VO what it was like on serial killer Robert ‘Willie’ Pickton’s farm.
Michele Pineault’s daughter was killed on Robert Pickton’s farm, one of Canada’s 600 missing and murdered Native women. She spoke with the Left Coast Post at a closure ceremony on Wednesday.