The inquest into the murders of three Renfrew County women has wrapped up in Pembroke.
Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam were murdered on September 22nd, 2015 in Combermere, Wilno and Foymount. The inquest was formed to lay out recommendations that would combat intimate partner violence (IPV), focusing on the rural setting where the murders took place.
The jury delivered 86 recommendations to organizations like the Governments of Ontario and Canada, the Chief Firearms Officer, The Chief Coroner’s Office and the Information and Privacy Commission.
The top recommendation from the inquest is that the Government of Ontario formally declares intimate partner violence as an epidemic. The jury called on the government to establish an independent commission dedicated to eradicating it and to act as a voice to speak on behalf of survivors and victims’ families.
Among the recommendations are the incorporation of community-based and restorative justice, timely communication with probation officers, police informing the Chief Firearms Officer when IPV charges are laid, and the creation of a universal records management system that is accessible by all police services in Ontario.
The recommendations also outline extra education and training for both the government and the public. Expansion of cell and internet services, additional satellite offices for police, and more robust probation services were also recommended.
To the Government of Canada, the jury recommends adding “femicide” to the Criminal Code where appropriate, adjusting the dangerous offender provisions and considering alternate ways survivors can testify in court.