Wally Oppal granted extension for final report on B.C. missing women inquiry
Commissioner Wally Oppal will have another month to submit his final report on the B.C. missing women inquiry, the provincial government announced today (October 25).
The one-month extension from October 31 to November 30 was granted following a written request from Oppal for additional time to finalize his report.
The extension is the latest change to what was initially a deadline of December 2011 for the report. Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond had previously granted Oppal a six-month extension to June 2011.
The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry began hearings in October 2011, and concluded in June. The commission was established by the B.C. government in September 2010 to examine the police investigations of missing and murdered women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside from 1997 to 2002, when serial killer Robert Pickton was arrested.
Pickton was convicted in the second-degree murders of six women. The DNA or remains of 33 women were found on his Port Coquitlam farm.
According to a news release from the Ministry of Justice, the government has spent $8.6 million to date on the inquiry.