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The decision not to hold a full public inquiry into the murders of 22 Innocent people means the current Nova Scotia govt. no longer has the confidence of its citizens.

The only solution is to topple this government. Time to answer the question:

#HowStrongAreWe? #Portapique
.@brianhillGlobal The independent review panel will have no power to compel witnesses or testimony, no power to subpoena evidence, no power to challenge any agency or org that refuses to provide info, and no power to make binding recommendations to govt. globalnews.ca/news/7211458/n…
"I think it is hurtful that the government has decided to bring forward something that is smaller and more constrained and less than a public inquiry," @GaryBurrill

Story @ChrisHalef halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/opp…
.@smckinley1 Calls had mounted for an open, public inquiry.

They had come from 34 @SchulichLaw professors who told Stephen McNeil in a May letter that, “a public inquiry would be necessary in order to promote public confidence in the NS legal system.” thestar.com/news/canada/20…
.@portiaclarkcbc to NS Justice Minister Mark Furey on @infomorning:

"Why leave those loopholes in the process by choosing a review?"

Furey, "I understand where the families are coming from."


CLARK: "The families haven't asked for this. They don't want this. Who asked for this?"

FUREY: "We have engaged the legal community. We have engaged academia."

@SchulichLaw @DalhousieU @ElaineCraigDal #nspoli #NSJustice

May 15 story by @emma_dsmith.

FUREY: "The @rcmpgrcpolice yesterday committed to fully cooperating (with the review)."

(If, as he insists, both he and @BillBlair have the power as ministers to compel these agencies to act, why would we even need their "commitment"?) #TalkingPoints
CLARK: "The #GlenAssoun case raises question about full @RCMPNS cooperation.

"There's Minister Blair's connection to the RCMP, your connection to the RCMP. There may be a perception that you're blocking an inquiry into this matter."
@mtuttoncporg atlantic.ctvnews.ca/assoun-murder-…
FUREY: "We've asked the panel to issue a mid-term report by the end of Feb. 2021 and a final report by end of Aug. 2021.

"Both of those reports will be made public at the time."

(Is this actually the case?) #nspoli @NSNDP @nspc
.@Tim_Bousquet answers my question.

Testimony and documents collected by the panel will not be public, although the panel can refer to them in its two public reports — an interim report and a final report — 15 months after the event. #Portapique halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/not-h…
1) @YvonneCBC, 42 min. mark: Premier, on June 4 you were asked about an inquiry into the April mass murders. At the time, you said you'd made it very clear to Ottawa what you were looking for. You said, "The process needs to be able to compel witnesses facebook.com/nsgov/videos/7…
2) to come forward, and it needs to have binding recommendations. The review your government announced yesterday does neither.

So how can you support a review that you said needed to be done just last month?

McNeil, "These are three distinguished Canadians."

@mtuttoncporg @CdnPressNews, (paraphrased): Are you saying that the federal govt. would not agree to a public inquiry that compelled witnesses to testify, but @nsgov was willing to do this?

McNeil, "These are three distinguished Canadians."
As @SchulichLaw Professor Archie Kaiser - one of Nova Scotia's preeminent legal minds - described @MarkFurey1 and @BillBlair's 'review' announced yesterday:

"This is the antithesis of transparency."

My THREAD on this story running it back to July 20.
Kaiser, via Paul Wells: “Instead of reassuring the public, the behaviour of govts. has been opaque, tardy, uncertain, avoidant & condescending. It's hard to make sense of why there have been so many bungles & missed opportunities in the aftermath of Canada’s worst mass killing.”
@ydentremont Hours after the announcement, Dawn Parke became an admin of a newly created FB group called ‘Nova Scotians for a Public Inquiry.’ Within 12 hours, they had more than 3,600 members. As of Fri. afternoon, it had jumped to 6,000. #Portapique
Now more than 7,400 members!

Mark Furey, you have a massive problem on your hands. #Portapique #PublicInquiry #nspoli @NSLiberal @NSNDP @nspc @toddveinotte
More than 8,700 signatures in three days.
@GaryBurrill @NSNDP "To make it sound as though it was a choice between adequate trauma-informedness and sensitivity on the one hand & having a full-fledged public inquiry on the other, is in my view less than forthcoming & false.” @Guylafur #Portapique thechronicleherald.ca/news/provincia…
Not one letter in support of a 'review'.

"A paternalistic approach by @StephenMcNeil just won’t fly. I listened to Mark Furey’s comments and answers to questions, and I haven’t seen so much manure-shovelling since I was a kid," Greg MacDonald, Halifax.

.@giftedtypist I’d say this review contravenes its own terms of reference before it’s out of the gates because the humans who are left behind needed a full inquiry, not a review. This review is what will hurt them.
@BillBlair @JustinTrudeau @BernJordanMP
GL: Let them please notify the public right now that @nsgov took too long to announce this thing, and when they did, they failed to co-operate w. the wishes of families and most Nova Scotians.

What are they hiding? What needs to be confidential? Whom are they protecting?

GL: Speculation is widespread that the shooter had some sort of relationship w. @RCMPNS. We know RCMP does allow itself to mislead everyone except the courts to protect a confidential informant. If this review has no sworn testimony & judicial scope, will RCMP follow this policy?
.@mtuttoncporg @CdnPressNews Stephen McNeil said in June he believed the probe needed the power to compel witnesses to testify under oath.

But now he supports the current process — which lacks this feature. #MistakeNotAPromise thestar.com/news/canada/20…
“By not listening and responding to the public, our govt. is causing a loss of trust & undermining our democracy.

"As feminists we are infuriated w. this ‘father knows best’ patronizing process of proceeding w. a review versus an inquiry," Nova Scotia Feminists Fighting Femicide
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NICK BEATON: We will not give up for you I promise all of you.

#PORTAPIQUE #HowStrongAreWe facebook.com/groups/3061247…
The chosen process, Furey said, won't retraumatize the killer's still-living victims & the families of those he killed. That's a paternalistic, we know best, perspective, given the families he's claiming to protect neither want nor asked 4 his protection. thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/local-…
Ever since these tragic events occurred, Nova Scotians have stood w. families of the victims, grieved w. them & held them in our hearts.

Those families need NS'ns to stand w. them still, but this time in defiance of govts. that foisted this inadequate process on them & on us.
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