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A clear need for straight answers from Justice
Posted on Sep 08, 2022

A Clear Need for Straight Answers from the Justice System in Saskatchewan Mass Killings

The prime suspect in a mass stabbing incident in Saskatchewan is dead following his arrest. RCMP announced that 30-year old Myles Sanderson went into medical distress after being arrested; he was attended to by paramedics and transported to hospital, but died. An autopsy is being performed. A source told Associated Press that he died of a self-inflicted wound, but that has not been confirmed.

The stabbing spree left 10 dead and 19 injured, 10 of the injured are still being treated in hospital at this time.

Could this major tragedy have been averted?

The answer is "likely," as we've been warning about for years.

  • The alleged killer was convicted of breaching release conditions multiple times but that didn't include breaching parole or stat release because, in Canada, while breaching bail, probation, peace bond conditions is a crime, breaching parole conditions is not;
  • One of the recent murder victims was his uncle – who he was convicted of stabbing previously;
  • Sanderson had a "lengthy history" of random assaults;

Trying to reduce incarceration of indigenous people who are disproportionately incarcerated has become part of CSC/PBC/RCMP 'culture' – but when that supersedes consideration of public risk, it begs the question: who are the disproportionate victims? In this case it was Indigenous people;

What is the most important take-away? There needs to be an independent review of this case and not Correctional Service Canada (CSC), Parole Board of Canada (PBC) or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating themselves.

Scott Newark is a former Alberta Crown Prosecutor who has also served as Executive Officer of the Canadian Police Association, Vice Chair of the Ontario Office for Victims of Crime, Director of Operations for Investigative Project on Terrorism and as a Security Policy Advisor to the governments of Ontario and Canada.