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A voluntary association of coroners practicing in Ontario

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Membership Dues 2017

2017 membership renewal is now available and remains at $150. You can pay for membership dues online. 

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OCA logo LPresident’s Memo

May 17,2017

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 weve 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.

Read more: President's memo May 2017

OCA News

  • New sections for CME and outside links have been added. They will appear once you log in.
  • New - Presentations from the OCA 2016 and 2017 Spring Meetings have been added to the Members Only - Conference Presentation section. You must be a Member of the OCA to view. 
  • Information on effect of Order In Council appointments and corporations - click here.
  • The OCA history and past executive articles have been updated, but there are still a few holes. Please contact us if you have any further information.
  • Updated Regional Director list in the Members' Only section.
  • See this story to see how funds raised through the OCA Tours helped build a new school in Africa.

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.


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.
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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.