Amend the Privacy Act to release information to the next of kin
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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. The R.C.M.P. cite the Privacy Act as the reason -- along with a member telling me that he personally would make sure that I never found out the information. All I wanted was to know the conclusions of the accident report and be assured that scientific method and not supposition was used to arrive at the conclusions.
It does not matter that I had an extremely close relationship with my daughter, was designated as her in case of emergency contact and the executor of her will -- to know the means by which my daughter died would be an invasion of her privacy according to the R.C.M.P. Initially, I had told that no investigation was going to be done into Shari's death so started to do one myself. This really ticked off the R.C.M.P. I have fought unsuccessfully for more than two years to get the information through the proper channels. The final straw was when a taunting letter arrived from the R.C.M.P, giving me a copy of the accident report with all the useful information whited out.
This has happened to me and the same sort of thing to other people. The Privacy Act needs to be amended so that the police can't use it to psychologically torment people and grieving next of kin get the information that they need to give them some peace of mind. I propose that a tribunal (not a court) be set up to hear the reasons why the next of kin want the information and to supply evidence that the deceased would either want or have no objection to the next of kin having the information. Please call your Member of Parliament's office and ask for the Privacy Act to be amended. The election is coming up.
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