Dupont, 36, was working in the recovery room of
Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital on Nov. 12, 2005, when
she was attacked and stabbed to death by Daniel,
50, her former boyfriend. The hospital
anesthesiologist died three days later of a drug
overdose self-administered shortly after the
The deaths, which shocked the local
community, triggered a criminal negligence
investigation by police and a
multimillion-dollar lawsuit by Dupont's family.
Critics, including the Ontario Nurses'
Association which launched a labour grievance
against Hotel-Dieu, blame the hospital for
ignoring incidents of harassment targeting
Dupont and other nursing staff by Daniel in the
months leading up to Nov. 12.
Monforton and others are looking forward to
being able to question key figures who refused
to participate in the police probe - which was
terminated without any charges laid - as well as
with the hospital's own internal investigation
that concluded there was nothing it could have
done to prevent Dupont's murder.
"It certainly appears that certain people at
the hospital knew of the situation but didn't
know how to approach it or handle it," said
While held in a court-like setting, a
coroner's inquest is not a trial with the
purpose of assigning blame. None of the
testimony can be used in any subsequent criminal
or civil proceedings.
At least a dozen nurses are expected to
testify, including those who worked closely with
both Daniel in the operating room and Dupont in
the recovery room, as well as those who attended
to Daniel in Hotel-Dieu's psychiatric unit
following a suicide attempt earlier in 2005.
Nurses taking the stand will document
"Daniel's harassment in the weeks and months
leading up to Lori's murder," said Colin
Johnston, a labour relations officer with the
nurses' union. Another nurse who has been called
to testify was the only person in the recovery
room to witness Dupont's slaying.
Ontario's Labour Ministry is interested in
how Hotel-Dieu dealt with workplace safety
orders in the period leading up to November
2005, and the local Crown's office will look at
how the justice system dealt with Dupont's
restraining order application against Daniel -
made six months before her murder but still
awaiting a court hearing date.
While knowing they "can't turn back the hands
of time," Monforton said Dupont's parents are
approaching the inquest "in a spirit of hope"
that the jury will make recommendations aimed at
preventing another similar workplace tragedy.
Nine parties have formal standing at the
- Dupont family
- Susan Daniel and estate of Marc Daniel
- Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital and senior staff
- Drs. Brian Burke and Bill Taylor
- Ontario Nurses' Association
- Ontario Hospital Association
- Ontario Ministry of Labour
- Windsor Crown attorney's office
- Tammy Fryer-Dougan
© CanWest News Service 2007