The sister of wrongfully-fired health researcher Roderick MacIsaac is suggesting someone deleted his suicide note from his computer after it was examined by investigators with the BC Coroners Service.
Linda Kayfish has written to Premier Christy Clark claiming the document was deleted from the computer’s hard drive after he killed himself.
He committed suicide at his Saanich apartment in December of 2012, three months after he and seven other people were fired without just cause.
The computer was returned to his family in October 2013.
Kayfish says she was informed the suicide note was deleted due to ‘privacy’ concerns, but she was able to retrieve the missing file using computer data recovery software.
Her letter to Clark continues to demand an independent public inquiry.
She says, ‘Roderick would have wanted those reviewing the matter to see it and for his family to have it.’
She also says, ‘The decision to suppress this document raises serious concerns for us… It is part of a continuing pattern to cover up mistakes and actions by the powerful, while exposing those, such as Roderick, to the full force of government power. Rod had rights; they were not respected and continue to be disrespected after his death.’
On Friday, Health Minister Terry Lake announced BC’s new Ombudsperson Jay Chalke will oversee a new investigation.
The coroner responsible for investigating the suicide of BC government health researcher Roderick MacIsaac is refuting claims the dead man’s suicide note was deliberately deleted from his computer by someone with the BC Coroners Service.
In a statement issued at 5:40pm, Regional Coroner Matt Brown says, “At no time, did anyone from the BC Coroners Service have access to the contents of Mr. MacIsaac’s laptop in electronic format,” but he confirms the computer was removed from MacIsaac’s Saanich home January 9th, 2013… a day after his body was found.
In an interview this morning with CKNW’s Jon McComb, Brown says he doesn’t know why anyone would believe someone in his office deleted Roderick MacIsaac’s suicide note from the dead man’s laptop.
“He deleted an extensive amount of material in the days and weeks leading up to his death. Now, was this document within some of those elements that were deleted? I can’t say for sure but what I can say for sure, the Coroner involved in the investigation did not delete any item from the laptop, nor would the police officer delete anything from the laptop. Nor were they asked to delete anything.”
Brown says he still has a printed copy of the note written by MacIsaac in the months after he lost his job as a health researcher with the provincial government in 2012.
His body was found in his Saanich home in January 2013.
We later learned he never should have been fired.