Improve access to information: Next of kin deserve answers
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How did Cpl. Shari Irving come to die on August 28, 2013? As her mother, I am not allowed to know.
My daughter died in a car accident, on her way to a Canadian Forces base in Bagotville, Quebec. She was just 26 years old. Tragically, the driver of the other vehicle was also killed.
After Shari’s death, I needed answers to help me process my loss; I needed to see the conclusions of the accident report. After fighting for years to see this document — navigating federal Access to Information legislation — all I have been granted is a blanked out copy of the accident report.
Shari and I had an incredibly close relationship; I was designated as her emergency contact and the executor of her will. Why am I not allowed to know the circumstances of my daughter’s death?
With this petition, I’m calling for:
- The RCMP to release the full and uncensored report of the accident that killed Shari
- Improved access to information, either by the establishment of an independent tribunal to evaluate Access to Information requests, thereby providing next of kin with an avenue to information, or by amending the Privacy Act to allow next of kin to access information in the place of the deceased.
Please sign and share this petition to help my family, and to ensure that no one else has to face this struggle for answers after tragedy.
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