Report to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General : public inquiry into the death of Mackenzy Jane Woolfsmith


Represents the findings of a public fatality inquiry into the death of Mackenzy Jane Woolfsmith, including determination of the date, time, place and circumstances of the death. Also includes recommendations on how to prevent similar incidents which led to the death under investigation. See the usage considerations section of this record for more information about public fatality inquiries.


September 25, 2019

children in care public fatality inquiries recommendations

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Report to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. Public fatality inquiry: Mackenzy Jane Woolfsmith


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Justice and Solicitor General


Hawkes, Joshua B.

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Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, the Fatality Review Board reviews deaths where: a person dies while they're detained in a correctional facility, institution, jail or other place – or on its premise; a person dies in the custody of a peace officer; a person dies from the use of force by an on-duty peace officer; a patient under the Mental Health Act dies in a facility or on its premise, even if they weren’t in the custody of that facility; a child dies under the province's guardianship or in its custody; a person dies accidentally from something that’s preventable, especially alcohol and drug use; a person dies as a result of their employment or occupation, or in the course of one or more of their former places of employment or occupations. The board may recommend that a death needs a fatality inquiry to help prevent similar deaths in the future, to protect the public, or to clarify the circumstances surrounding a case. The fatality inquiry happens after the police and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have completed their investigations, and courts have resolved any related criminal charges, including appeals. A fatality inquiry is held before a judge at the Provincial Court. Each inquiry is open to the public unless the presiding judge orders that parts be held in private. After an inquiry is complete, the presiding judge provides the Minister with a written report that identifies the deceased and outlines the date, time, place and circumstances of death. The report may also recommend how to prevent similar incidents, but it cannot make any findings of legal responsibility.


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Fatality Inquiry Coordinator

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Phone 780-422-4077