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Wednesday is NOT expected to be a big day at the inquiry. Commission counsel has indicated he would like to get through four witnesses today. Given that there is usually a fairly long (1.5-2.0 hr) direct examination, and then cross examinations by three or four other lawyers (for WPS officers, this includes Taman family lawyer, and lawyers for WPA, WPS and Derek Harvey-Zenk) and then a re-direct by commission counsel, that is one ambitious plan.I say Not expected to be a big day because we're hearing from four additional cops who were at Sgt. Sean Black's house the night and early morning before Crystal Taman was killed by Harvey-Zenk. As has been noted in the blog and in dead-tree columns, the testimony has been improbably consistent. All have forgotten the same things, all remember the same things and all have used the same language to explain why their memories are so unreliable.If the inquiry completes the work load it has set for today, then Thursday could be a very interesting day. We are scheduled to hear from two investigators from the WPS Professional Standards Unit, which was inexplicably called in to help with the criminal investigation of Harvey-Zenk.More later.-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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