Ontario's Chief Coroner Begins Review Of Deaths Of Youth-In-Care

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 08:10 AM

The death of 11 children in the province is being investigated by the Chief Coroner of Ontario and an expert panel.

The panel will be looking into the deaths that occurred from January of 2014 to July of this year of children that  were in the care of Children's Aids Society's or Indigenous Well Being Organizations.

Dr. Dirk Huyer calls this a review rather than an inquest.

"The value of looking at a larger number of deaths is that you see a broader, systemic, series of issues and that allows us to have a hopefully more far-reaching ability to make recommendations to improve the system more generally."

One of the deaths that is being reviewed is that of Azraya Kokopenace who passed away in Kenora the spring of 2016 after she had been released from Lake of the Woods District Hospital. 

The panel reviewing these cases will consist of 7 people who are expected to release a final report by next spring.

(Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services)