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The Commission has the ability to control its own process, so it will take advantage of a variety of options for gathering oral evidence, depending on the circumstances. These could include:

  • Public hearings where evidence is taken under oath or affirmation;
  • Public roundtable hearings where subject matter experts examine specific areas of the Commission’s mandate such as gun violence, gun control, intimate partner violence, domestic violence and police practices;
  • Public community hearings where the Commissioners will learn from community members

Occasionally, certain aspects of a witness’ testimony might have to be given privately in order to protect that person’s individual privacy rights. This kind of hearing will occur only when personal privacy rights outweigh the public’s right to know.

Particularly with COVID-19, it is expected that the Commissioners will use technology to conduct virtual hearings.

Some of the information within this website may be disturbing or upsetting for some visitors. This website deals with information about events that include gun and other violence, including gender-based violence and intimate partner violence. If you need to leave at any point, there is a “quick exit” button at the top of the website. This website also includes some suggested resources, should you be in need of support.

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