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February 23, 2021

We continue to make progress on setting up the Mass Casualty Commission. We have put a team in place and secured office space, and we started reaching out to potential inquiry participants last week.

Updates from the Commission:

  • The Notice to Potential Participants has been posted on our website, and will appear in newspapers, radio, and community venues in the coming weeks. The Notice will help the Commission gather information about who would like to be heard by the Commission and why. The forms can be found here. We are seeking completed forms by March 5, 2021 to assist with our planning.
  • The Commission Chair and the Executive Director met with Dr. Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia, to discuss our work and our plan to safely adhere to all Public Health guidelines. We will be updating Dr. Strang regularly to ensure we follow protocols and maintain safety for everyone involved in the inquiry.
  • We have posted a video introduction to the Mass Casualty Commission website. You can view the video here. We explain the public inquiry mandate for the Mass Casualty Commission.
  • We have finalized lease agreements for two office locations: one in Truro and one in Halifax. The office space in Truro will ensure that we have a space to conduct Commission work in closer proximity to those most directly affected by the mass casualty.
  • In our last update, we introduced our team of Directors. Now we have added some new team members. Their names can be found here: Commission Team.
  • We have updated the support page available on our website for those who may need support. Our Mental Health Director, Mary Pyche, and Community Liaison Director, Maureen Wheller, are meeting with representatives of Nova Scotia Victim Services before visiting impacted communities to listen and learn more about mental health and wellness considerations for the Commission. To visit our webpage about mental health supports, click here.

If you know someone who would like to receive updates, please ask them to send an email to

Respectfully, The Mass Casualty Commission

Hon. J. Michael MacDonald, Chair
Leanne J. Fitch (Ret. Police Chief, M.O.M.)
Dr. Kim Stanton

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