May 24th, 2009
THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Some facts about the Braidwood inquiry examining the death of Robert Dziekanski:
Commissioner: Retired B.C. Court of Appeal judge Thomas Braidwood.
Focus: To provide a complete public record of what happened to Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver's airport on Oct. 14, 2007, and to make recommendations to prevent a similar death in the future.
Length: Started on Jan. 19, 2009, and finishes hearing testimony this week.
Lawyers: 19 representing the inquiry, the government of Canada, the Polish government, the four RCMP officers, Dziekanski's mother and the airport, among others.
Number of witnesses so far: 81, with as many as three more expected to testify in the inquiry's final week.
What's next: Lawyers will make closing submissions in mid-June. Braidwood will then write his final report, which could be ready by the fall.
First phase: Braidwood oversaw another inquiry last year, a study commission broadly examining Taser use. A report from that phase is due by the end of June.
Quote: "As a parent, I can imagine nothing more terrible than losing a son or daughter. Please be assured that I ... will make every effort to provide you with a complete record of what happened that night in the hope that it will assist you in finding some closure and peace." - Retired judge Thomas Braidwood addressing Dziekanski's mother, Zofia Ciswoski, on the inquiry's opening day.
WELCOME to TRUTH ... not TASERS
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May 24th, 2009