Saturday, December 4, 2021
PORT HAWKESBURY: Chantel Desmond went to go pick up her niece on Jan. 3, 2017 at her brother’s house in Upper Big Tracadie, but rather than finding her ready to go to an after-school program, she discovered...
PORT HAWKESBURY: The two families who have been affected the most by, and find themselves at the centre of the Desmond Fatality Inquiry, began testifying as the inquiry resumed on Feb. 16; looking into the incident that...
GUYSBOROUGH: Nova Scotia’s chief firearms office doesn’t have the authority to ask for an additional medical opinion after reinstating a firearms licence, unless the applicant gets flagged by the RCMP, a doctor, or a citizen from the community.
GUYSBOROUGH: Three-hours before Shanna Desmond was fatally shot by her husband, she requested information on the process of obtaining a peace bond by calling a domestic violence crisis line. The executive director of the Naomi Society...
GUYSBOROUGH: The New Brunswick doctor who signed off on retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s firearms licence review described the 33-year-old veteran on the medical assessment as “non-suicidal and stable,” along with having “no concerns for firearms usage with appropriate licence.”
GUYSBOROUGH: The chief firearms officer who approved Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s firearms possession and acquisition licence renewal testified on February 20 she would have rejected the soldier’s application if she had been more aware of his severe mental illness.
GUYSBOROUGH: Retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s firearms possession and acquisition licence was first flagged for review by firearms officials in New Brunswick in 2014 after it was revealed the Afghanistan war veteran didn’t disclose his complex diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder...
GUYSBOROUGH: Shifting the focus of the Desmond Fatality Inquiry to the access to firearms, from access to health care services, a New Brunswick RCMP officer who confiscated retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s rifle in 2015 testified he did so because he...
GUYSBOROUGH: The presiding judge overseeing the fatality inquiry into the triple murder-suicide carried out by an Afghanistan war veteran made it clear retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond “faced a large gap in treatment” and that Veterans Affairs allowed him to “fall...
GUYSBOROUGH: Hours after retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond called his psychotherapist and told her his wife asked for a divorce, the former rifleman fatally shot his wife, mother, and 10-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself. On...




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