Missing Women Commissioner Wally Oppal handed down his recommendations two years ago.

Compensation flows to kids of missing women

Province issues final report in response to Oppal inquiry into investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton

So far 77 children of women murdered or presumed killed by serial killer Robert Pickton have stepped forward to receive compensation of $50,000 each.

That’s one of the outcomes of the Missing Women Inquiry, according to a final report issued by the provincial government on its responses to the recommendations.

A total of $4.9 million from the province, federal government and City of Vancouver has been set aside for compensation to 98 surviving, biological children of Pickton’s victims.

“We hope this compensation will be used to enhance their lives in the

present and future,” Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said in the report.

The provincial report argues new integrated policing initiatives have improved the police response since the failures that allowed the Port Coquitlam pig farmer to evade investigators from different jurisdictions.

Commissioner Wally Oppal two years ago recommended some form of regional police service.

The province has struck an expert committee to explore possible reforms to police service delivery, which could involve further integration while retaining local, community-focused policing.

Other initiatives underway include the new Real Time Intelligence Centre launched by RCMP and municipal police, and a new national DNA missing persons index promised earlier this year by the federal government.

Groups seeking a national inquiry for missing women said key recommendations, including improved transportation along Highway 16, have gone nowhere.

Pickton is serving a life sentence for six counts of second degree murder but is believed responsible for the deaths of dozens of other women who disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

 

Just Posted

Late-winter snow storm blankets Lower Mainland

Some areas got up to half a foot of snow

Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

Freezing temperatures expected in Lower Mainland

Snowfall warning ends, but surge or icy air to continue

Chilliwack Chiefs take gut punch from Merritt in 5-2 loss

Trying to hold off Langley and Surrey for the Mainland division’s second seed, Chilliwack faltered.

Chilliwack’s history celebrated during Heritage Week

Heritage Chilliwack partnering with Atchelitz and more for open house

VIDEO: Sphero programmable robot rolled out at Chilliwack Library

With kids already learning coding skills at school, local libraries offer access to fun practice

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Body of missing skier found

Man’s truck found in Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s parking lot covered in ‘several days’ snow’

B.C. VIEWS: Subsidy supercluster settles in B.C.

Ottawa, Victoria add to their overlapping ‘innovation’ budgets

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canada’s first ever men’s ski slopestyle medal

Men’s hockey team beats South Korea and women’s curling reverses losing streak

Canada’s Beaulieu-Marchand wins bronze in Olympic slopestyle

The skier from Quebec City scored 92.40 on his second run

Russian athlete suspected of doping at PyeongChang Olympics

The case could be an obstacle to Russia’s efforts to have the Russian team formally reinstated

Most Read