THE STUDY COMMISSION
The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry was initially established as a hearing commission under the Public Inquiry Act. After carrying out pre-hearing consultations, the Commissioner asked the provincial government to expand its powers to include study commission powers under the Act in order to effectively carry out its advisory responsibilities under paragraphs 4(c) and 4(d) of the Terms of Reference. This change gives the Commission additional powers: to conduct research, including interviews and surveys, and to consult with participants and the public generally. This request was granted and the Terms of Reference were amended in March 28, 2011.
The Study Commission ran from May 1, 2011 to June 26, 2012.
Study commission initiatives were designed to gather information concerning current initiatives and ongoing challenges in the police protection of vulnerable women. This information will assist the Commission to formulate recommendations respecting the initiation and conduct of investigations in B.C. of missing women and suspected multiple homicides, particularly those involving more than one investigating organization pursuant to paragraphs 4(c) and 4(d) of the Terms of Reference.
Information gathered through the study commission will not be used for fact finding; only testimony and exhibits entered into evidence at the hearings will be used for fact finding pursuant to paragraphs 4(a) and 4(b) of the Terms of Reference.
Study Commission Initiatives
The Study Commission consisted of three main initiatives: consultations; research and interviews; as well solicitation of public submissions and their facilitation through the publication of policy discussion reports. Sixteen reports were prepared and published on the Commission’s website as they became available in order to facilitate further dialogue about these critical issues.
The Commission undertook six public consultation programs:
Approximately 385 individuals made submissions through these consultation processes and many more participated in these events or watched them through the webcast.
Consultation reports on these programs are available below.
Some of the Northern Community Forums and the Policy Forums were live-streamed, and these webcasts are available on the website under the Policy Forums tab.
Research and Interviews
The Commission undertook research on areas within its mandate including:
Commission staff also expanded on this knowledge base through interviews with community informants and experts both within the province and in other jurisdictions.
Research reports were prepared on a number of these topics and are available below.
Policy Discussion Reports and Submissions from the Public
The Commission invited written submissions on issues within its mandate from interested individuals and organizations. In order to stimulate deliberations and to facilitate the development of submissions, the Commission prepared five policy discussion reports on the major policy themes arising from its mandate. These reports are available below.
The policy discussions reports also formed the basis for the booklets prepared for the Policy Forums. These booklets are available on the website under the Policy Forum tab.
Commission took proactive steps to meet with organizations and individuals who required additional information and/or assistance to provide their submissions.
Approximately 100 submissions were received from the public. These ranged from short emails, to letters to detailed reports. All of the submissions were reviewed will provide input into the Commission report and recommendations.
REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS
1. Consultation Reports
2. Policy Discussion Reports
3. Background Research Reports
OTHER COMMISSION PUBLICATIONS
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