Inquiry into death of Native girl put on hold again as costs climb

The inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair has been put on hold again as costs of the probe have risen to more than $6 million.

Phoenix was under the care of Manitoba's Child and Family Services when she was killed in June 2005. Her mother, Samantha Kematch, and her common-law husband, Karl McKay, were each convicted of first degree murder.

The inquiry was called in March 2011 to look at the role child welfare and social workers played in Phoenix's death. But it's been hit with delays several times due to legal issues involving social workers, family members and attorneys who have worked on the case.

"All the people involved, of course, all want to see it come to some conclusion, right? So nobody's happy about it being delayed," Jeff Gindin, who represents Phoenix's biological father, told CBC News.

The inquiry is due to resume sometime next month.

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Phoenix Sinclair inquiry cost rises to more than $6M (CP 3/13)
Phoenix Sinclair inquiry's latest delay frustrates lawyer (CBC 3/14)
Sinclair inquiry faces new delay over conflict of interest (The Winnipeg Free Press 3/14)

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