Call for Applications to Participate (Standing) at the Long-Term Care Homes Inquiry's Public Hearings

    October 25, 2017

    The Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System was established shortly after Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to and was convicted of serious criminal offences that she committed while working as a Registered Nurse in Southwestern Ontario.

    The Inquiry's mandate is to examine the circumstances and contributing factors that allowed those offences to occur, including the effect, if any, of relevant policies, procedures, practices, accountability and oversight mechanisms, and any other relevant matters that the Commissioner, Justice Eileen E. Gillese, considers necessary to avoid similar tragedies.

    Pursuant to s. 15 of the Public Inquiries Act, 2009, applications to participate at the Inquiry's public hearings are invited from any person: (a) with a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter of the Inquiry; (b) who is likely to be notified of a possible finding of misconduct under s. 17 of the Act; (c) whose participation would further the conduct of the Inquiry; or, (d) whose participation would contribute to the openness and fairness of the Inquiry. The manner of participation of those persons given the right to participate shall be determined by the Commissioner.

    The Commissioner may make recommendations to the Attorney General regarding funding, to the extent of a participant's interest where, in the Commissioner's view, that person would otherwise not be able to participate.

    Further information on the Application to Participate (Standing), including the application form, can be found on the Inquiry's website:

    Any person or group of persons wishing to apply to participate must submit a completed application form, electronically or in writing, to the Inquiry offices no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017.

    Hearings on the Applications to Participate (Standing) will take place on December 12 and 13, 2017, in the Elgin County Courthouse, St. Thomas, Ontario.

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