SIU Concludes Review of Nova Scotia’s Onslow Fire Hall Incident

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded its review into the April 19, 2020, Onslow Fire Hall incident and has determined that no criminal charges are warranted. The SIU reviewed information considered by the Joint Federal/Provincial Commission into the April 2020 Nova Scotia Mass Casualty (Mass Casualty Commission), with respect to shots fired by two RCMP officers at the Onslow Fire Hall on April 19, 2020.

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) had asked Ontario’s SIU to review whether any new information considered by the Mass Casualty Commission that had not been considered in the SiRT’s investigation of the shooting, would impact the previous SiRT decision that no charges were warranted.

The full SIU report is available at:

The Directors of the SIU and the SiRT understand that the issues examined by the Mass Casualty Commission are difficult and that this review may cause psychological distress. If you or someone you know needs support, you can contact the services listed below:

211 Nova Scotia- 211 Nova Scotia is a free, confidential helpline and web service, which connects you to community and social services in Nova Scotia, in over 140 languages, 24/7.

Tel: 2-1-1

Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line- provides crisis intervention for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis or mental distress, 24/7.

Tel: 1-888-429-8167

Kids Help Phone- A national helpline for young people between the ages of 5 and 20, where confidential and anonymous support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tel: 1-800-668-6868 or Text: CONNECT to 686868

Mental Health and Addictions Intake Service- If you or a family member needs help, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre.

Tel: 1-855-922-1122 (Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm)

SIU Affected Persons Program – If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897. For more information:

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