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The Inquiry Today


Sat Sep 16, 2020

Please note that the Arar Commission will be releasing its report on Maher Arar's case on Monday, September 18, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. To find out more, please click HERE to read the Commission's media advisory.

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Thu Oct 27, 2020
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Schedule of Upcoming Hearings
Tue Jun 21, 2021

The following hearings are open to the public and are held in the Algonquin Room of 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

June 29 & 30, 2005:
Michael Cabana, RCMP Officer in charge of Project AO Canada


Week of August 15, 2021
Léo Martel, Counsellor and Consul, Canadian Embassy, Damascus


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Schedule of proceedings on CPAC
Sat May 07, 2021

Wednesday, May 11, 2021 at 10AM ET / 7AM PT

Witness: Maureen Girvan, Consular Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs

You can watch CPAC online by clicking here


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Testimony given by Garry Loeppky, Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP
Tue Jul 06, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Loeppky said the internal RCMP investigation into Maher Arar's case found that RCMP officers did not follow the rules on sharing information with other agencies properly.
  • Loeppky said the RCMP investigation recommended it receive more "education" on sharing information with other agencies.
  • Commission counsel said the Syrian government has refused to participate in the inquiry.


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Testimony given by Garry Loeppky, Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP
Wed Jun 30, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Loeppky testified that information about innocent people who have come into contact with a target under investigation is placed in their databases and can be passed to U.S. and other foreign agencies.
  • Loeppky said that day-to-day sharing of information with foreign agencies is not documented and need not receive any approval from a higher authority.


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Testimony given by Konrad Sigurdson, director-general of consular Affairs at DFAIT
Wed Jun 23, 2021



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Testimony given by William John Hooper, assistant director of CSIS (morning)
Wed Jun 23, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Commission counsel said Stephen Harper may be called to testify at the inquiry. (Harper had indicated on CBC the previous night that he had recevied private briefings about Maher Arar's situation.)
  • A redacted version of the SIRC report in Maher Arar’s case was released by the government to Commission Counsel and the public with every single page blacked out.



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Testimony given by William Hooper, assistant director of CSIS (afternoon)
Tue Jun 22, 2021



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Testimony given by Ward Elcock, former director of CSIS (morning)
Tue Jun 22, 2021

    Highlights:

  • Elcock admitted that CSIS has relationships with foreign agencies suspected of using torture.
  • Elcock admitted that information from a foreign agency that was obtained under torture could be given to the RCMP without the RCMP being aware of this.
  • Elcock said he is aware the US has been secretly transporting terrorist suspects to Egypt and Jordan for interrogation (place where they may be tortured), bypassing extradition and legal procedures.
  • Elcock admitted that CSIS sometimes recruits informants who are seeking refugee status. He said that officers are not allowed to offer inducements, but later admitted that informants are sometimes paid.


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