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The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Coroners Association was held at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-On-The Lake Saturday May 6, 2017, followed by a full-day educational session.
The Educational Component began at 09:00. As the new president, I thanked Dr. Bonnie Burke for her two years as president and many more in earlier vice-president roles.
The first talk, by Professor Helene LeBlanc, discussed forensic entomology. She showed many examples of how her work could date death and even locate death. A very interesting talk.
The second talk, by Dr. Jane Turner, Chief of Forensic Medicine at Hamilton, was on the investigation of nonviolent infant death. She took us through many of the scenes and considerations in these investigations.
Our third talk, by Dr. John Fernandes, Head of Laboratory Services at Hamilton and ex-chief of Forensic Medicine, introduced the difficulties with investigation and beliefs around opioid deaths. Carfentanyl became a topic reviewed several times during the day. There are some varying opinions about its toxicity during scene investigations.
Dr. Dirk Huyer, Chief Coroner, talked during lunch. He reviewed the Opioid Form we’ve all been asked to complete. In addition, he addressed concerns that cremation payments would be taken by the OCC and reassured us that, under the current payment model, they would not. He said that there was still a desire to remove the Order-In-Council currently required for appointment as an investigating coroner and talked briefly about coroner reappointments and ongoing educational requirement proposals.
Membership Dues 2017
2017 membership renewal is now available and remains at $150. You can pay for membership dues online.
Please click here for more information and to access the online payment site.
Note: You do not need to login to the OCA website to use this function.
For those who prefer, a membership form can be downloaded in the Miscellaneous section.
OCA Tour 2017
23rd Annual Ontario Coroners, Pathologists & General Physicians trip to Germany
September 27 – October 9, 2017
Join this fascinating tour featuring a European Rivers & Castles River Cruise with the luxury AMA Waterways followed by an extension trip to Berlin. Your tour starts in Luxembourg where you will begin an 8 day deluxe River Cruise onboard AMA Waterways ship, “AmaDante”, travelling along three of Germany’s most famous rivers. Enjoy the peaceful Mosel River with its steep hillsides and endless vineyards. Experience the dramatic scenery of the Rhine River Gorge, dotted with picturesque fortresses and castle ruins. Finally, you sail on the Main River, stopping at quaint medieval towns before cruising through the Main-Danube Canal to Nuremberg. Following disembarkation, you will transfer through the German countryside with a stop enroute in Leipzig then on to Berlin for a 4 night stay. Here you will enjoy a full day guided city tour of Berlin featuring Kurfurstendamm, Potsdamer Platz, Brandenberg Gate, Holocaust Memorial and more. A day trip will also be made to Potsdam visiting the New Palace and Park Sanssouci among other sights.
For more information please go to www.ettravel.com/2017-OCA-Germany Trip details and updates, as we proceed, can also be found on that webpage.
For full brochure and itinerary click here.
Hosted by Dr. Peter Cameron.
Resources (for members only)
Files in the Members Only section (remember to login first):
OCA Spring 2014 & 2015 meeting presentations
Executive and Regional Representative contact information
Executive Member position descriptions
Code of Ethics in English and French
Coroner Jacket and Vest order form
Coroner recommended Personal Protective Equipment
AGM Minutes from 2003 to 2014
Several articles of interest to coroners
Office of the Chief Coroner
The Office of the Chief Coroner is responsible for death investigations and will help in dealing with questions about investigations and inquests.
For more information about the Office of the Chief Coroner click here.
OCC reports are in the Documents section or can be linked to here.
The Art and Science of Being a Coroner
Please follow this link to an excellent piece from Ontario coroner Dr. S. Aitken on the art and science of being a coroner. It is a unique job and we can be proud fo the work we do for the people of Ontario.