Attorney pondering Renfrew’s investigation into the anniversary of the Montreal massacre

Pamela Cross said she could not say the Ontario government has not implemented any of the recommendations because ultimately the government has not communicated what action, if any, will be taken.

On the 33rd anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, the anti-feminist shooting that killed 14 women at the engineering school in 1989, attorney and suffragette Pamela Cross focuses on recommendations from the Renfrew County Coroner’s investigation.

In June 2022, a coroner’s investigation into the 2015 triple murder of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk and Nathalie Warmerdam in Renfrew County was released. There were also 86 recommendations from the jury overseeing the investigation, ranging from the creation of a survivor advocate to declaring intimate partner violence an epidemic.

Cross, the legal director of Luke’s Place, said The Sam Laprade Show that she wonders what action, if any, the Ontario government may take to address the inquiry’s recommendations.

“I’m sitting at my desk and I’m thinking, will we hear anything from this government this month, six months after the recommendations were published?” asked Kreuz. “Will we see anything from this province that suggests they plan to implement these recommendations?”

Cross said she can’t say the Ontario government hasn’t implemented any of the recommendations because the government ultimately didn’t communicate what was being done.

“A statement was made last week […] that there is interdepartmental review of the recommendations,” Cross said. “I certainly hope that this review leads to some sort of public announcement sooner rather than later.”

Those most involved in the investigation hope recommendation five will be addressed.

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“Recommendation five would require the government to set up an implementation committee to oversee consideration of all 86 recommendations,” Cross said. “Without that, there’s really no public accountability, there’s really no transparency.”

The Ontario Association of Interval Houses (OAITH) reports annually on femicide in Ontario. According to their latest report, 52 women and girls have been killed by men in Ontario in the past 52 weeks.

Listen to the full interview with Pamela Cross on The Sam Laprade Show below.

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