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The Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System

Inquiry Update

The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry Report release is set for Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at noon (12:00 p.m.)

The Honourable Eileen E. Gillese, Commissioner of the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System, has announced that she will release her final Report at noon (12:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Woodstock, Ontario.

  • The release will take place at the Holiday Inn, 510 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, ON N4S 3W5.
  • The Commissioner will deliver remarks on the release of the Report and Recommendations at 12:00 p.m. Following her remarks, Co-Lead Commission Counsel will take questions from the media.
  • Both the public and the media are welcome to attend the release of the Report.
  • The full Report and Recommendations will be posted on the Inquiry’s website at approximately 12:00 p.m. that same day, July 31, 2019.
  • Additional details for members of the media who wish to attend the release will be posted on the Inquiry’s website in the coming weeks.

The Inquiry is Established

The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry was established on August 1, 2017, by Order in Council following Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s conviction of eight counts of first degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault; offences she committed while working as a registered nurse in Long-Term Care Homes.

The Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese was appointed Commissioner. On her appointment, Commissioner Gillese said: “I am honoured to have been chosen to head this very important Inquiry dealing with matters that affect the lives of all those in Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario. My team and I will do our utmost to determine how these events could occur and to make recommendations so that the tragedies of the past are not repeated in the future.”

The Inquiry will deliver its final Report in both official languages on July 31, 2019

The Inquiry’s Mandate

The Inquiry’s mandate is to inquire into the events which led to the offences committed by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. Additionally, the Inquiry is directed to inquire into the circumstances and contributing factors allowing these events to occur, including the effect, if any, of relevant policies, procedures, practices and accountability and oversight mechanisms. The Inquiry is also directed to inquire into other relevant matters that the Commissioner considers necessary to avoid similar tragedies.

The Inquiry’s Core Team

Eileen E. Gillese, Commissioner
Will McDowell, Co-Lead Commission Counsel
Mark Zigler, Co-Lead Commission Counsel
Liz Hewitt, Senior Commission Counsel
Rebecca Jones, Commission Counsel
Megan Stephens, Commission Counsel
Lara Kinkartz, Associate Counsel
Andrea Barton, Executive Director
Peter Rehak, Director of Communications