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January 12, 2021

As the new year starts off, we want to share an update on the ongoing work of the Commission.

Building the Commission Structure and Team

  • We are finalizing office spaces in both Colchester County and Halifax Regional Municipality. Addresses and phone numbers will be available on the website as soon as they are set up. We will also provide virtual access for those living outside the region or otherwise needing it. If public health guidelines allow, our staff will work at these offices to conduct the various Commission activities (such as investigations, statement taking, and witness preparation).
  • We are in the process of confirming staffing. The team leadership roles include: Community Liaison; Mental Health; Investigations; Legal Counsel; and Policy and Research. We will also be appointing our Chief Administrative Officer/Executive Director. These updates will be shared on the website.
  • One of the next steps in a public inquiry is to find out who would like to formally participate. This is called having “standing”. The Notice of Applications for Standing will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. The Notice will describe how to apply to formally participate in the Commission process. Since most of the hearings will be public, people without standing would still be able to attend, either in person or by webcast, depending on public health guidance.
  • The Commissioners will be providing an opportunity for you to attend and participate in a variety of ways. This may include formal hearings, community meetings, and/or briefings.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact lives around the region and the world. We know the pandemic will require some flexibility around how we do our work. We are confident that we will be able to work safely and effectively, following all public health directives.
  • If you are interested in receiving updates from the Commission, please email

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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