Today, Janet L. Winteringham, Q.C. appeared at the hearing to cross-examine RCMP Superintendent Robert Williams.  Ms. Winteringham indicated that she represents Don Adam, who is not a participant with standing, but a witness expected to testify at some later date.  She proceeded with her questions for the witness after the Commissioner overruled our objection that it would be inappropriate and time-consuming to permit every interested witness or their counsel to cross-examine other witnesses.  A few minutes later we learned for the first time that Kim Rossmo will be taking the stand a week Monday, January 23, 2012.  The next of the day’s surprises arrived in the form of an email circulated at 1:46 p.m. today by Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C. advising that he planned to cross-examine the next witness, Peel Deputy Chief Evans, for two hours.  This was my first inkling that the eminent Toronto lawyer is involved in this matter at all, and I immediately sent all counsel an email asking who he is representing.  I am awaiting somebody’s response, but if I don’t get one, I guess I’ll find out next week.

As counsel representing the families of 25 murdered women before the Commission, it would be helpful if we were kept informed of developments like these in a more timely way, rather than continually being taken by surprise by unexpected procedural developments.