Coroners’ Inquests June — September

Office of the Chief Coroner

Office of the Chief Coroner

Gain an understanding of the coroners inquest process by attending an inquest. These tribunal-related inquiries are open to the public and take place in venues across the province.

See the links below to learn more about the processes and procedures related to this unique potential practice area.


Edward Irvin – September 10 – Kitchener
    Edward Irvin, 58, died April 23, 2013, from injuries received during the course of his employment at a construction site in Oxford County. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

    The inquest will examine the events surrounding Irvin’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last three days and to hear from approximately seven witnesses.

    The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., Sept.10, at the Waterloo Region Courthouse, 85 Frederick St., Kitchener. Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke will preside as inquest coroner and Teresa Donnelly will be counsel to the coroner.


Wieslaw Duda – September 14 – Toronto
    Wieslaw Duda, 49, died April 19, 2010, following an altercation with the Toronto Police Service, near the Toronto Portlands. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act. 

    The inquest will examine the events surrounding Duda’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last four weeks and to hear from 20 witnesses.

    The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Mon., Sept. 15, 2014, at the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto. Dr. John Carlisle will preside as inquest coroner and Michael Blain will be counsel to the coroner.


David Fernandez – Oct. 20 – Toronto
    David Fernandez, 27, died Feb. 14, 2011, while working at a construction site in Toronto. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

    The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Fernandez’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last one week and to hear from 10 witnesses.

    The inquest will commence at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Coroners Courts, Forensic Sciences and Coroner’s Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto. Dr. Robert Boyko will be the presiding coroner and Oslyn Braithwaite will be counsel to the coroner.


Renaud-Louis Grenier – TBA – Ottawa
    Renaud-Louis Grenier, 55, died Oct.18, 2011, at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act.

    The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Grenier’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

    Details regarding the date, location and presiding coroner will be announced when the information becomes available.


Minty – Midhurst – Inquest findings
    Douglas Minty, 59, died June 22, 2009, after an incident with Ontario Provincial Police in the community of Elmvale. The inquest examined the circumstances surrounding his death. Here is their verdict.


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