At 6:29 p.m. today, Commission Counsel suddenly advised us that tomorrow we “should be ready to deal with the issue of protection of confidential information brought forward by Ms. Tobias (counsel for the Government of Canada) who is seeking a ruling on the matter.”

It is not clear to us whether the media has been adequately informed of the Government’s “application”, which is described in a letter dated October 31, 2011 and delivered to us yesterday.

The application, if granted, would ban the publication of a great deal of evidence anticipated to be tendered at the “public” inquiry into the conduct of the missing women investigations.  Interested members of the media, or their counsel, should be able  to obtain copies of the “application” from Commission Counsel.