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Two named to co-chair riot review

By Contributor
July 1st, 2011

Doug Keefe, former Nova Scotia deputy attorney general, and John Furlong, former head of VANOC, will co-chair the independent review of the planning and activities before Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final, and the violence that followed. 

Both co-chairs bring different but complementary sets of skills and experience. The combination of an out-of-province perspective and local knowledge will help ensure the review will achieve its terms of reference by the end of August. 

As announced June 20, they will report out to the Province, City and Vancouver Police Board by Aug. 31. The report will be made public.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General is providing the review team with office space and administrative support.

Doug Keefe, QC, has led a number of high-profile commissions, investigations and task forces in Nova Scotia. Keefe established the inquiry into the 1992 Westray Mine disaster, in which 26 miners died as the result of a methane explosion, and oversaw the Nova Scotia government’s participation in the inquiry and response.

He also played a key role in support of Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner immediately following the Swissair Flight 111 crash of 1998, in which all 229 aboard died. 

John Furlong, OC, OBC, led the Vancouver 2010 Bid Committee from 2001-04, then served as president and CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC).

This work required significant co-ordination of government agencies, including police forces and security agencies, to stage large, safe public events and celebrations. In 2010, Furlong became an Officer of the Order of Canada and received the Order of B.C.

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