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Sinclair's family, aboriginal organizations pull out of inquest

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The family of Brian Sinclair as well as aboriginal organizations have decided to pull out of an inquest looking into his death.

Phase 2 of the provincial inquest into death of Brian Sinclair resumes today. The inquest is scheduled to resume for two weeks and then for another week in June before it wraps up.

Emily Hill, representing Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, told provincial court Judge Tim Preston that his decision in January to limit the inquest means it will not examine systemic racism in connection with Sinclair's death.

"ASLT is disappointed that phase two if the inquest will focus primarily on patient flow rather than the role discrimination may have played," Hill told the court.

As well, a lawyer for the Sinclair family said they will not participate in phase two -- which they see as nothing more than public relations for the WRHA -- but will come back at the end for final statements.

Robert Sinclair, Sinclair's cousin, said the family is calling for a public inquiry to look into his death.

"We came here for the truth," he said.

"It is obvious we are not going to get the whole truth."

Robert Sinclair said the first part of the inquest was not "a waste.

"The truth is there on video tape. How many strangers told the staff this guy is sick and they ignored him. Is that attitude embedded in the system?

"The fight continues. We'll now take different means to get to the truth."

Sinclair went to the HSC on Sept. 19, 2008 after a medical clinic put him in a taxi to the hospital.

Sinclair was ignored for 36 hours before he died in the waiting room.

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Updated on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM CST: updates with full writethru

10:35 AM: adds comments from Robert Sinclair

10:50 AM: adds new photo

9:30 PM: Fixes typo.

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