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Missing Women Commission grants standing to 18 groups including victims' families

BY TRACY SHERLOCK, VANCOUVER SUN  May 3, 2011

All of the applicants who applied for standing before the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry will be given an opportunity to participate in the evidentiary hearings, Commissioner Wally Oppal announced Tuesday morning.

The commission is examining events before the arrest of serial killer Robert Pickton, who preyed on women living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Oppal granted full participation to 10 applicants including the families of Dawn Crey, Cara Ellis, Cynthia Dawn Feliks, Marnie Frey, Helen Mae Hallmark, Georgina Papin, Dianne Rock and Mona Wilson, who will all be represented by A. Cameron Ward. The Vancouver police department and the Government of Canada were also granted full participation, as were seven other groups.

"These groups are closer to the facts at issue," Oppal said. "Most of these groups were front line lobbyists for public attention to the missing and murdered women and, ultimately, for the establishment of a public inquiry. I am also mindful that many of these organizations have limited resources and their involvement in this Commission may provide a unique opportunity for their voices and perspectives to be heard."

Full participants will be able to take part in the hearings including cross examining witnesses and making submissions, and they will have access to all of the documents disclosed to the commission.

Limited participation was granted to eight applicants including the BC Civil Liberties Association, Amnesty International and PIVOT Legal Society.

Limited participants will have to apply to cross examine individual witnesses, the release states.

"These groups will be extremely valuable in assisting the commission make recommendations for missing women and homicide investigations and the coordination of investigations by multiple police forces," Oppal said.

Oppal also recommended that the provincial government give funding to 13 applicants who asked for financial support to fund their participation in the inquiry, the commission said in a news release.

Twenty-three applicants applied for standing, but the number was reduced to 18 after Oppal asked applicants to group together.

Pickton was charged with 27 counts of first-degree murder. He was convicted by a jury in 2007 on six counts of second-degree murder. The Crown decided not to proceed with a second trial on the murders of another 20 women. One charge involving an unknown victim, called Jane Doe, was quashed by the trial judge.

tsherlock@vancouversun.com

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