Press Release: CAEFS’ Response to the Repeated Postponement of the Inquest into the Death of Terry Baker4/11/2023
Ottawa, Ontario (April 11, 2023): Today was to mark the first day of an inquest into the death of Terry Baker, a young woman who died while incarcerated at the Grand Valley Institution for women (GVI) in 2016. On April 5, it was confirmed that the matter will not be going ahead as scheduled and has been postponed to a future date.
This is the second postponement of the inquest into the death of Terry Baker. This latest delay has been caused by the refusal of a party to the process, Correctional Services of Canada (CSC), to produce documents that have been ordered for seizure by the Presiding Coroner further to his investigation into Ms. Baker’s case.
On behalf of CAEFS, Executive Director Emilie Coyle notes that, “we were frankly taken aback by the cavalier attitude taken by CSC on this matter of non-disclosure. It is exceedingly important that the organization tasked with caring for incarcerated people, CSC, do so with transparency and accountability. That CSC attempted to force this inquest onward while at the same time being offside of the Presiding Coroner’s lawful demand to seize relevant documents is truly shocking and leaves us questioning their motivations.”
You can read the full press release, below.
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