Ontario’s chief coroner to probe fire related deaths in Indigenous communities

By Peter Goffin THE CANADIAN PRESS Ontario’s chief coroner is setting up a panel of experts that will look at dozens of residential fires in Indigenous communities that have killed nearly 60 people in just over a decade. Dr. Dirk Huyer says the panel _ called the chief coroner’s table _ will include coroners, forensic pathologists, fire investigators and members of Ontario’s Indigenous communities. “We know there is a disproportionate number of fire deaths occurring in Indigenous communities relative to non-Indigenous communities and we really want to understand what we can about it,’’ Huyer said in an interview. “This (table) is really drilling down deeply into each of the deaths … to look for systemic issues, trends or patterns.’’ Huyer said 58 people died in 34 house fires in Indigenous…

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