Terms of ref­er­ence for Des­mond in­quiry com­ing soon: min­is­ter

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX — Nova Sco­tia’s jus­tice min­is­ter says the terms of ref­er­ence will be re­leased soon for the pub­lic in­quiry into the deaths of Afghan war vet­eran Lionel Des­mond and his fam­ily. The prov­ince promised a ju­di­cial fa­tal­ity in­quiry last De­cem­ber, al­most a year af­ter Des­mond fa­tally shot him­self and his mother, wife and 10-year-old daugh­ter in Up­per Big Tra­cadie, N.S. The terms of ref­er­ence were ex­pected by the end of Jan­uary, and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Mark Furey says the prov­ince is now wait­ing on the chief judge of the pro­vin­cial court to ap­point a pre­sid­ing judge and Crown at­tor­ney.

He says that could hap­pen “as early as next week, but cer­tainly within the next cou­ple of weeks.”

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