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Canada ‘In many ways, this inquiry is about healing’: Public inquiry into nursing home murders begins

18:58  05 june  2018
18:58  05 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Wettlaufer inquiry slated to start today

  Wettlaufer inquiry slated to start today Wettlaufer inquiry slated to start todayThe inquiry, led by Ontario Court of Appeal judge Eileen Gillese, will examine systemic factors that allowed Elizabeth Wettlaufer to inject more than a dozen patients with overdoses of insulin while working at long-term care homes and private residences in southwestern Ontario for nearly a decade.

A public inquiry into how nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer was able to kill elderly patients in her care began Tuesday in St. Thomas, Ontario. A son of a man killed by Wettlaufer said he hopes the inquiry will “shed some light” on what happened.

‘ In many ways , this inquiry is about healing ’: Public inquiry into nursing home murders begins .

ST. THOMAS, ONT.— A public inquiry into the murders of eight residents at southwestern Ontario nursing homes opened Tuesday morning with Commissioner Eileen Gillese warning those watching to expect the proceedings to get heated.

“A spirit of co-operation is not the same thing as always playing nice,” she said in her opening remarks at the Elgin County courthouse.

“Over the course of the public hearings, you are likely to see tough questions being posed by differing points of view being advanced forcefully. Do not be dismayed by this. It is not a lack of co-operation,” she said, explaining she welcomes this kind of participation.

Indigenous inquiry gets six more months

  Indigenous inquiry gets six more months OTTAWA - The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is getting an additional six months to complete its work. The federal govermnent is giving the inquiry until to April 30, 2019, to complete its work and submit its final report, instead of the initial deadline of Nov. 1. The commission will have an additional two months, until June 30, 2019, to wind down its work. Department officials said they will work with the inquiry to determine the budget. The Liberal government had initially earmarked $53.8 million and two years for the inquiry to complete its work.© Provided by thecanadianpress.

The commission's legal team reviewed more than 41,000 documents as it investigated four separate areas: the long-term care homes and home -care agencies that employed Wettlaufer; the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service; the College of Nurses of Ontario

News about ‘ In many ways , this inquiry is about healing ’: Public hearings into Elizabeth Wettlaufer nursing home murders begin .

“It is a necessary and vital part of the process. Different participants hold different perspectives about what happened,” she said, noting co-operating in the process “is not the same as playing nice.”

Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty a year ago to murdering eight residents and harming others. She was given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

The crimes happened over the course of more than seven years. She injected the victims with insulin.

Over the course of 20 minutes, Gillese explained that the purpose of inquiry is to determine “what failings in our long-term care homes system could allow Elizabeth Wettlaufer to seriously harm or kill 13 residents in long-term care homes and attempt to kill a home-care client in her own home without detection, while working as a registered nurse.”

Red flags about killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer were ignored, inquiry documents show

  Red flags about killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer were ignored, inquiry documents show Red flags about killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer were ignored, inquiry documents show In 1995, Wettlaufer was fired from the Geraldon, Ont., District Hospital, where she was a student nurse, after overdosing on narcotics she stole from the hospital during a shift.

“We are looking into all contributing factors in this collision including speed, aggressive driving, alcohol, and all other types of activities that could have contributed in this crash.” said Schmidt. ‘ In many ways , this inquiry is about healing ’: Public inquiry into nursing home murders begins .

Wettlaufer public inquiry set to begin this week in string of nursing home murders . " In many ways , this inquiry is about healing — healing our broken trust in the long-term care system," Gillese said. The inquiry is expected to last into September.

A second purpose of the inquiry is to determine what can be done to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer is escorted by police from the courthouse in Woodstock, Ont., on June 26, 2017. A public inquiry examining the circumstances that allowed a long-term care nurse to kill elderly patients in her care begins this week.© Dave Chidley Elizabeth Wettlaufer is escorted by police from the courthouse in Woodstock, Ont., on June 26, 2017. A public inquiry examining the circumstances that allowed a long-term care nurse to kill elderly patients in her care begins this week.

Gillese welcomed Wettlaufer’s victims and loved ones to the public hearings. They packed a courtroom along with interested members of the public.

“I recognize the emotional toll that your participation in the work of the inquiry must entail and I thank you for continued support and help,” she said.

“In many ways, this inquiry is about healing — healing our broken trust in the long-term care homes system. I most sincerely hope that through these public hearings, the Ontario public begins to feel heard — and therefore, begins to heal.”

Wettlaufer inquiry: A health-care system failure

  Wettlaufer inquiry: A health-care system failure Wettlaufer inquiry: A health-care system failureOn the very first day of the public inquiry into the killings by nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer we learned that serious red flags were raised about her right at the beginning of her nursing career.

TORONTO – The case of a nurse who murdered eight seniors in long-term care homes in Ontario will be examined in a public inquiry . The Ontario government announced Monday it is moving to appoint a commissioner to lead a public inquiry into the circumstances of the deaths.

Gillese explained that the public hearing was being held in southwestern Ontario, where the offences were committed, so that those affected and living in the area could attend.

In the weeks ahead, the inquiry will hear evidence about the offences Wettlaufer committed, and the circumstances and contributing factors that may have allowed those offences to be committed.

In September, the inquiry will move to Toronto for a week, where it will hear from expert witnesses on “things like serial killing in the health-care setting and safe medication practices,” Gillese said.

The commission’s legal team reviewed more than 41,000 documents as it investigated four separate areas: the long-term care homes and home-care agencies that employed Wettlaufer; the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service; the College of Nurses of Ontario; and the province’s health ministry.

Serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer was on a ‘do not hire’ list. She got hired .
Serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer was on a ‘do not hire’ list. She got hiredYet Wettlaufer ended up working as a registered nurse at the company’s nursing homes because she was on “the black list” with her maiden name — Elizabeth Parker — the inquiry was told today. At one of those nursing homes, in September 2015, Wettlaufer tried to kill resident Sandra Fowler with an injected overdose of insulin.

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