Doug Keefe, former Nova Scotia deputy attorney general, to co-chair riot review

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Former Nova Scotia deputy attorney general Doug Keefe has been selected to co-chair the independent review of the June 15 Stanley Cup Riot.

Keefe retired from government service in 2007 after nearly 30 years on the job. He was deputy attorney general and minister of justice during his last seven years with the government.

Keefe has been involved in the oversight of a variety of government responses to crises and comissions. He was involved in both the 1992 Westray Mine Disaster, during which 26 miners were killed after an explosion of methane gas, and the 1971 jailing of Donald Marshall Jr., a Miq'maq man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. 

“There’s hardly been a disaster in Nova Scotia between 1985 and 2007 that I haven’t been involved in,” Keefe said in his profile.

Keefe has founded an independent consulting firm since his retirement, and has been working with the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), which researches tidal energy, According to his LinkedIn profile.

John Furlong, former president and CEO of VANOC, will co-chair the review with Keefe.

Funded by the provincial government, the review is slated to be completed by August 31 and will subsequently made available to the public.

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