Tag Archive | Missing Women’s Inquiry

Native, women’s groups step up boycott of ‘deeply flawed’ process

By Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun

Fifteen groups, including aboriginal organizations, plan to boycott the policy forums next month of the “flawed’ Missing Women Inquiry.

“The commission has lost all credibility among aboriginal, sex work, human rights and women’s organizations that work with and are comprised of the very women most affected by the issues this inquiry is charged with investigating,” the groups stated Tuesday in a letter to Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal.

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Sexual harassment alleged at Missing Women Inquiry workplace

Former Missing Women Inquiry employees allege they were subjected to sexist comments

The head of B.C.’s Missing Women Inquiry says he is appalled by anonymous allegations that male staff created a highly sexualized work environment at the commission workplace.

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Vancouver Police – Sex Work Enforcement Guidelines

The Vancouver police board are considering the adoption of new sex worker enforcement guidelines that will encourage officers to treat sex trade workers with “dignity and respect in order to build relationships and increase the safety and protection of vulnerable women working the streets.”

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Missing Women inquiry adjourned to replace First Nations lawyer

BY SUZANNE FOURNIER, POSTMEDIA NEWS MARCH 12, 2012

VANCOUVER — The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry will stand down until April 2, in a last-minute bid to get a First Nations rights lawyer to speak to the social issues that have led to dangerous sex work being dominated by aboriginal women.

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Women feel no safer now than when Pickton prowled Downtown Eastside, inquiry told

BY SUZANNE FOURNIER, THE PROVINCE FEBRUARY 29, 2012

Lee Hamiltion addresses the commission.

Vancouver sex trade workers are still being told by police to move to dark and dangerous “containment zones” north of East Hastings St., the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry was told Tuesday.

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Officer who investigated missing women got scare while posing as prostitute

BY NEAL HALL, POSTMEDIA NEWS JANUARY 30, 2012

VANCOUVER – The officer first assigned to investigate the missing women case recalled Monday that she got a scare while posing undercover as a prostitute.

Vancouver police Const. Lori Shenher said she did “John” stings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and, while posing as a sex trade worker, was grabbed by a man in a car.

The man wouldn’t look at her while he talked to her, Shenher told the Missing Women inquiry.

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Sex workers call for hate crime law, end to violence

As the Missing Women’s Inquiry continues, sex workers and supporters lit candles on the steps of a police detachment yesterday, part of a global day of action.

By David P. Ball

Sex workers and their allies rallied outside the Downtown Eastside (DTES) police station Saturday, calling on Vancouver police to treat women in the neighbourhood with respect, and to put a stop to violence against people in the sex industry.

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