TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2008 /CNW/ - NEWS
Ontario's death investigation system would be stronger, more accountable
and provide for greater oversight and transparency under proposed legislation
introduced by Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick
Bartolucci today. Highlights of the bill include a new oversight council,
complaints committee and a provincial forensic pathology service.
The proposed legislation addresses all the recommended legislative
amendments in the report of the Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge's Inquiry
into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. This includes amendments to the
Coroners Act that would establish a framework to strengthen the death
investigation system in Ontario.
The new death investigation oversight council, made up of experts from
the medical, legal and government communities, would oversee the work of the
chief coroner and chief forensic pathologist to ensure the quality of the
The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service recognizes the complex and
important role forensic pathology plays in death investigations. The new
service will centralize forensic pathology under the chief forensic
pathologist, ensuring consistent, high-quality standards for forensic
pathology across the province.
"Commissioner Goudge gave us the roadmap to a stronger more accountable
death investigation system. This legislation takes us a long way down that
road. If passed, it would ensure we have the checks and balances in place to
prevent a similar tragedy in the future," said Community Safety and
Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci
"This legislation would provide us the framework we need to truly
revitalize the system, and to help us build on the work we've already done to
earn back the trust of the people of Ontario," said Ontario's Chief Coroner
Dr. Andrew McCallum (http://webx.newswire.ca/cl
"By recognizing the importance of a professional forensic pathology
service, this legislation would help us to take the next step towards
delivering the consistent high quality service the people of Ontario deserve,"
said Ontario's Chief Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Pollanen.
Learn more about Ontario's coroners
Read Justice Goudge's report and recommendations