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Police board head supports inquiry call

'We need to do our part,' rookie councillor says

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This article was published 12/11/2014 (1709 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Winnipeg's new police board chairman has made up his mind on the need for an inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women -- he supports it.

Scott Gillingham, the rookie councillor from St. James-Brooklands, held his first impromptu news conference Wednesday morning when he was unable to say whether he supported a council motion from September calling for a national inquiry.

Gillingham said he was aware of calls that erupted over the summer for a national inquiry in the wake of the homicide of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine, but he said he didn't know whether it was necessary.

At its September meeting, council passed, by a vote of 14-1, a motion calling for a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and urged the Winnipeg Police Service to make it a priority to solve and prevent the murder of aboriginal women and girls.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 12/11/2014 (1709 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Winnipeg's new police board chairman has made up his mind on the need for an inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women — he supports it.

Scott Gillingham, the rookie councillor from St. James-Brooklands, held his first impromptu news conference Wednesday morning when he was unable to say whether he supported a council motion from September calling for a national inquiry.

Scott Gillingham

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Scott Gillingham

Gillingham said he was aware of calls that erupted over the summer for a national inquiry in the wake of the homicide of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine, but he said he didn't know whether it was necessary.

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At its September meeting, council passed, by a vote of 14-1, a motion calling for a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women and urged the Winnipeg Police Service to make it a priority to solve and prevent the murder of aboriginal women and girls.

At the news conference, which came minutes after Mayor Brian Bowman appointed him as police board chairman, Gillingham said he wasn't familiar with the September council motion or the reasons for it and that he would have to do a little more research on the issue.

"I believe whatever we can do to make our community stronger, to address the needs of our aboriginal population, and to certainly find the reasons behind these tragedies — we need to do our part," said Gillingham, an ordained minister and former lead pastor at Grace Community Church.

A few minutes later, Gillingham tweeted that he had read the motion and now supported it.

Gillingham replaces Scott Fielding as the councillor for St. James-Brooklands and as chairman of the police board.

Gillingham told the news conference he had no formal experience with police or legal issues and had a lot of catching up to do before his first police board meeting Friday morning.

Finance chairman Coun. Marty Morantz

Finance chairman Coun. Marty Morantz

Joining Gillingham on the police board will be Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski).

Eadie was one of 40 appointments to community boards and committees council announced at its organizational meeting Wednesday morning.

Bowman had appointed the heads of the five standing committees at the swearing-in ceremony last week, but membership of those committees was sorted out amongst councillors themselves and made official with the Wednesday morning motion.

Gillingham was also chosen by council to sit on the finance committee, joining chairman Coun. Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo) and deputy mayor Coun. Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas).

Bowman appointed himself as secretary to the Urban Aboriginal Opportunities secretariat, Morantz as councillor responsible for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Janice Lukes (St. Norbert) to the Capital Region.

Coun. Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), the longest-serving member of council, was reappointed as chairwoman of the Winnipeg Housing steering committee and as chairwoman of the historical buildings and resources committee.

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Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.

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