The Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review (“Review”) is being conducted by the Honourable Susan Lang. The Review is inviting submissions from interested parties concerning matters within the Review’s mandate.
Please see the Order in Council establishing the Review to understand the scope of the Review’s mandate. As you will see, the Order in Council restricts the Review to the period 2005-2010 and to hair analysis evidence used in child protection and criminal proceedings. The Review will carefully examine the methodology of hair analysis used by the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory (“MDTL”) during this period to assess its reliability for forensic purposes. The Review will also consider whether the use of evidence derived from MDTL’s hair-strand drug testing in child protection and criminal proceedings has implications warranting an additional review with respect to specific cases or classes of cases and, if so, the nature and extent of any such review.
We welcome submissions from the public on any matters within the mandate of the Review, including any relevant supporting documents, on or before March 31, 2015. You may e-mail your submissions to our Executive Coordinator, Joanna Arvanitis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send them by mail or courier Motherisk Hair Analysis Independent Review, 155 Wellington St. W., 35th Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 3H1.