Chief Coroner To Probe Children's Deaths.

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 07:01 AM

The deaths of eleven children in the province are being investigated by the Chief Coroner of Ontario.

He established an expert panel that will be look into the deaths that occurred from January of 2014 to July of this year.

All of the victims were children in the care of Children's Aid Societies or Indigenous Well-Being Organizations at the time.

Dr. Dirk Huyer calls this a review rather than an inquest.

"The value of looking at a larger number of deaths is that you see a broader, systemic, series of issues and that allows us to have a hopefully more far-reaching ability to make recommendations to improve the system more generally."

Seven of the deaths occured in northwestern Ontario.

The panel reviewing the cases is expected to release its report by next spring.

(Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services)