Tom Brodbeck accused of breaking rules in Phoenix Sinclair inquiry
Published Friday, July 6, 2012 10:33AM CST
Last Updated Friday, July 6, 2012 11:50AM CST
The commissioner of the inquiry into Phoenix Sinclair's death said he is disappointed with a member of the media, Friday.
Tom Brodbeck of the Winnipeg Sun was called before the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry. Brodbeck was accused of videotaping the proceedings beyond what the rules allow.
Lawyer Garth Smorang, who represents the Manitoba Government Employees Union, alleged the Winnipeg Sun columnist videotaped part of the proceedings and then put that video on the Sun’s website.
The inquiry limits videotaping in proceedings and only allows the media to use a pool feed. That feed, which all media outlets share, only shows limited views of the room.
Brodbeck said he only shot video in the room before the proceedings began and during a break.
Inquiry Commissioner Ted Hughes said he believes the incident was a "one off."
Brodbeck said he was falsley accused but apologized.
Smorang has been petitioning to have a publication ban in place during the inquiry, barring media from revealing the identities of social workers in the MGEU who were involved in Sinclair’s care.
Sinclair was killed in the basement of a home on the Fisher River First Nation in June of 2005 after prolonged abuse.
Her mother Samantha Kematch and stepfather Karl Mckay were convicted of first-degree murder in connection with her death.
In 2006, the province ordered a public inquiry into the killing.
Sinclair spent most of her short life in the care of Child and Family Services.
A hearing is being held for the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.