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Press Conference: Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations to Release Report

Updated: Apr 13

MEDIA ADVISORY


Press Conference: Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations to Release Final Report


TORONTO – April 12, 2021 – The Hon. Gloria J. Epstein, Head of the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations, invites members of the media and public to join a virtual press conference on Tuesday, April 13th at 11am.


After extensive examination and investigation, the Independent Review is submitting its Report and recommendations to the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB). Press conference attendees can expect to hear an overview of the Report’s findings into the Toronto Police Service’s conduct in missing persons investigations, particularly in relation to LGBTQ2S+ and marginalized and vulnerable communities, as well as recommendations to promote efficient, effective, discrimination-free investigations and better police relations with affected communities.


The Report will be available under NDA and embargo for media to review 90 minutes prior to the press conference on Tuesday, April 13th.


WHAT

Virtual Press Conference Event, presented by The Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations


WHEN

Tuesday, April 13th at 11am. Report will be shared with media 90 minutes prior under NDA and embargo.


WHO

Hon. Gloria J. Epstein, Head of the Independent Review

Mark Sandler, Lead Counsel of the Independent Review


WHERE

Media will receive a participatory link via accreditation process (see below) to ask questions following speaking remarks and to record/broadcast the event.


The community is invited to view the virtual press event through a public streaming link here.


MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Please email the Media Contact for required NDA. Journalist outlet and contact information with signed agreement must be received by the Media Contact by end of day, April 12, 2021.


Media link will be shared with the Report 90 minutes prior to the press conference. Embargo to be lifted once the press conference begins on April 13, 2021.


About The Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations

The Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations (the “Review”) was prompted, in large part, by the tragic deaths of members of Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ communities and by deep concerns about how the Toronto Police Service (the “TPS”) conducted the investigations into their disappearances. The Review is designed to evaluate how the TPS has conducted and is conducting missing person investigations, particularly in relation to LGBTQ2S+ and marginalized and vulnerable communities, make recommendations to promote efficient, effective and discrimination-free investigations and better police relations with affected communities. For more information, please visit www.missingpersonsreview.ca.


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Media Contact:


Fontane Choi

Fontane.Choi@narrative.ca

647.400.2468



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