Commission of Inquiry Into Matters Releating to the Death of Neil Stonechild



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bullet Part 1 Introduction
bullet Overview of the Facts
bullet Part 2 Creation of the Inquiry
bullet The Public Inquiries Act
bullet Order-In-Council
bullet Terms of Reference
bullet Minister’s Press Release
bullet Standing and Funding Guidelines
bullet Rules of Practice and Procedure
bullet Part 3 The Objectives of a Commission of Inquiry and the Standard Applicable to Inquiries

bullet Part 4 The Evidence
  1. The Stonechild Family
    bullet Stella Bignell (Stonechild)
    bullet Debra Mason
    bullet Jerry Mason
    bullet Marcel Stonechild
    bullet Erica Stonechild
  2. Stonechild Acquaintances and Other Civilian Witnesses
    bullet Patricia Pickard
    bullet Gary Pratt
    bullet Jason Roy
    bullet Tracy Lee Horse
    bullet Cheryl Antoine
    bullet Julie Binning
    bullet Lucille Horse (Neetz)
    bullet Gary Horse
    bullet Trent Ewart
    bullet Bruce Genaille
    bullet Diana Fraser
    bullet Brenda Valiaho
    bullet Richard Harms
    bullet Larry Flysak
  3. The Saskatoon Police Service in 1990
    bullet A Brief History of the Saskatoon Police Service
    bullet The Organization of the Saskatoon Police Service in 1990
    bullet Departments and Divisions
    bullet Command Structure
  4. The Saskatoon Police Service Officers Dispatched to Snowberry Downs
    bullet Police Records for November 24/25, 1990
    bullet Constable Lawrence Hartwig
    bullet Constable Bradley Senger
  5. The Investigation by Saskatoon Police Service
    bullet The Saskatoon Police Service Investigation File
    bullet Rene Lagimodiere
    bullet Staff Sergeant Michael Petty
    bullet Sergeant Gregory Robert
    bullet Robert Morton
    bullet Keith Jarvis
    bullet James Allan Brooks
    bullet Sergeant Douglas Neil Wylie
    bullet Constable Geoffrey Brand
    bullet Raymond Pfeil
    bullet Glen Clayton Winslow
    bullet James Edward Drader
    bullet Theodore Hugh (Bud) Johnson
    bullet Constable Ernie Louttit
    bullet Bruce Bolton
    bullet Eli Tarasoff
    bullet David Scott
    bullet Dave Wilton
    bullet Frank Simpson
    bullet Murray Montague
    bullet Joe Penkala
    bullet James Maddin
    bullet Constable Brett Maki
  6. The Saskatoon Police Service at the Present Day
    bullet Staff Sergeant Murray Zoorkan
    bullet Deputy Chief Daniel Wiks
  7. The RCMP Investigation of The Death Of Neil Stonechild
    bullet Chief Superintendent Darrell McFadyen
  8. The Expert Evidence – Forensic and Medical Witnesses
    bullet Dr. Brian Fern
    bullet Dr. Jack Adolph
    bullet Dr. Graeme Dowling
    bullet Dr. Emma Lew
  9. The Expert Evidence – Photogrammetric Evidence
    bullet Gary Robertson
  10. The Expert Evidence – Memory Experts
    bullet John Steven Richardson, Ph.D.
    bullet Dr.William James (Jim) Arnold
    bullet Dr. John Charles Yuille
bullet Part 5 Overview of the Evidence
  1. The Events of November 24/25, 1990
  2. The Discovery and Identification of the Body of Neil Stonechild
  3. The Investigation of the Death of Neil Stonechild,
    bullet November 29, 1990 – December 5, 1990
  4. Missed Opportunities – December 1990 – March 1991
    bullet Investigation File Supervision
    bullet Internal Complaints within the Saskatoon Police Service
    bullet External Complaints in the Press
  5. The Sudden Death of Neil Stonechild Revisited –February 2000
    bullet The Media
    bullet The RCMP Investigation
  6. The Saskatoon Police Service – Then and Now
    bullet Organization and Operation of the Plainclothes Division
    bullet Breakdown in the Chain of Command
    bullet The Need for Racial and Cultural Diversity in the Saskatoon Police Service
    bullet Responsiveness to Complaints
  7. Final Comments
bullet Part 6 Summary of Findings
bullet Part 7 Recommendations
bullet Acknowledgements
bullet Appendices
  1. Commissioner
  2. Commission Counsel and Staff
  3. Backgrounder
  4. Opening Remarks
  5. Undertaking of Party/Witness
  6. Undertaking of Counsel
  7. Witness List A
  8. List of Public Exhibits A
  9. Parties to the Commission and Counsel
bullet Selected Exhibits
  1. Aerial Photograph of Area Where Body Located
    Exhibit P-42 A
  2. Aerial Photograph Including 7-Eleven, Snowberry Downs, Milton Street
    Exhibit P-4
  3. Handwritten Statement of Jason Roy
    Exhibit P-6
  4. Declaration of Coroner
    Exhibit P-46
  5. Autopsy Report dated January 30, 1991 by Jack Adolph
    Exhibit P-49
  6. Selected Photographs Taken at the Scene of Location of Body
    Exhibit P-29
  7. Selected Post-Mortem Photographs
    Exhibit P-28
  8. Autopsy Report dated July 3, 2001 by Dr. Graeme Dowling
    Exhibit P-31
  9. Saskatoon Police Service Investigation File
    Exhibit P-61
  10. StarPhoenix Articles dated March 4, 1991 and February 22, 2000
    Exhibit P-1
    Exhibit P-72
bullet Rulings
  1. Summary of Oral Rulings
    bullet Disclosure to Non-Clients
    bullet Pre-Hearing Conference
    bullet Objections in the Course of the Hearings and Requests for Adjournments
    bullet Ruling as to In-Camera Hearing and Publication Bans, Aug 25, 2003
    bullet Ruling as to Hearsay Evidence
    bullet Admissibility of Evidence of Incidents of Police Transporting and Dropping Persons Off at Places Other Than Detention Centre
    bullet Objections to Evidence of Unrelated Police Misconduct
    bullet Qualifications of Gary Robertson
    bullet Scope of Questioning of Expert Witness
    bullet Application to Call Various Witnesses
    bullet Objections to Qualifications of Dr. James Arnold
    bullet Interference With Witness
    bullet Second Application to Call Additional Witnesses
    bullet The Cross-Examination on Wire-tap Evidence
    bullet Directions on Closing Submissions
  2. Formal Written Rulings
    bullet Ruling on Standing and Funding – May 13, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Application of Jason Roy – June 13, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Application for Funding for Alternate Counsel for Stella Bignell – June 25, 2003
    bullet Ruling as to Removal of Counsel for the FSIN – July 2, 2003
    bullet Ruling as to Polygraph Evidence – Sept 4, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Application of Keith Jarvis for Standing and Funding – Sept 26, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Applications on Behalf of the Saskatoon Police Association – Oct 7, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Various Applications for Additional Funding – Oct 8, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Jason Roy’s Second Application for Standing and Funding – Oct 8, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Application for Standing and Funding by Gary Pratt – Nov 28, 2003
    bullet Ruling on Application for Additional Funding – March 18, 2004
    bullet Ruling on Application for Standing and Funding by Deputy Chief Daniel Wiks – May 11, 2004

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