B.C. refuses to pay for Downtown Eastside victims’ families travel expenses to witness release
Beacon Staff Reporter
The provincial government is contacting the families of the Downtown Eastside victims to show them the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report before its public release in Vancouver on Dec. 17.
The report scrutinises the police investigations conducted from between January 1997 and February 2002 looking into the murder and disappearance of several young women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
It was later determined that a number of them were murdered by convicted serial killer Robert Pickton. Pickton is currently in prison serving six life sentences.
Former provincial judge Wally Oppal heads the commission and handed the report over to the government last month.
There has been an outcry from the families who complain they are not getting sufficient time to review the 1,448-page report since the commission announced the release date.
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The report has been made accessible to the families online through a special and confidential website. The families can also demand a CD or print copy.
Some families want to go to Vancouver to witness and discuss the release of the report. The provincial government has made it clear they can visit the city, but at their own expense. The families’ had asked the B.C. government to pay for their travel expenses.
A family member of a victim has called the government’s decision “unfortunate.”
Category: British Columbia