Pickton lawsuit prompts resignation from advisory board on recommendations


VANCOUVER – The former lieutenant governor appointed to oversee the B.C. government’s response to the Robert Pickton inquiry has resigned over concerns about a lawsuit filed by children of the serial killer’s victims.

Steven Point wrote the province’s attorney general, saying he cannot continue as chair of the advisory committee while a lawsuit is before the courts.

Justice Minister Shirley Bond says the concern is that any comments Point makes in his position could become evidence in the civil case.

Bond says the lawsuit will also affect the government’s ability to implement the recommendations from the public inquiry, released last December.

The children of four women whose remains or DNA were found on Pickton’s farm filed a lawsuit earlier this month, seeking damages from the provincial government and the City of Vancouver for the police failures that prevented Pickton from being caught.

The families’ lawyer says they were forced to file the lawsuit because the province and the city had let the issue of financial compensation languish.

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Pickton lawsuit prompts resignation from advisory board on recommendations

  1. The biggest barrier to Pickton being caught was always the pernicious tendency of some women to avoid any notice by the authorities… making it next to impossible for them to be tracked while alive, much less once they were gone.

    And so many who appear ‘gone’ have just moved elsewhere that the it’s difficult even to confirm they really are missing, and not just in Calgary or Toronto instead of Vancouver.

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