Help us continue the fight to vindicate Lisa’s rights to life and security of the person under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms!

Mark and Rosemarie Surakka hold a picture of their daughter, Lisa Dudley.

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Help Uphold Lisa’s Rights Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Short Summary

This case is about upholding Lisa Dudley’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Rosemarie Surakka, as representative of her deceased daughter, Lisa Dudley, is bringing a case against the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada. The government defendants in the case argue that as soon as a person dies, that person’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms die with them, even if government action caused or contributed to the death. We aim to show that this is not the law of Canada.

We need funding for court costs, expert evidence and other disbursements to continue the fight to vindicate Lisa’s Charter rights to life and security of the person. Monies raised will go to the case, and not to our family or our lawyer.

Although filed in 2011, this case has faced a number of delays. The Government of Canada brought an unsuccessful application to strike out the case in 2013. Since then, there have been document disclosure issues in the litigation, which have necessitated hearings at the B.C. Supreme Court and the B.C. Court of Appeal. We are now on the verge of receiving important documents about the circumstances of Lisa’s last days and her death. Access to these documents will allow us to finally advance Lisa’s case.

Picture of Lisa Dudley.

Picture of Lisa Dudley.

Background

On September 18, 2008 in Mission City, B.C., six shots were fired into Lisa Dudley’s living room. Lisa’s friend, Guthrie, was killed. Lisa was shot and paralyzed. She spent the next four days trapped in her chair, alive but unable to move or call for help.

Lisa’s neighbour heard the shots and telephoned the police. He described what he heard and where the shots came from. Two police cars were dispatched and drove the neighbourhood streets. Although the neighbour gave the dispatcher his name, address and telephone number and waited outside his house for the RCMP to arrive, the RCMP officers did not go to his house or otherwise contact him.

Four days later, a young neighbour friend found Lisa. His mother called Mission RCMP. After four horrendous days, Lisa was able to communicate with RCMP and Emergency Personnel by blinking. Lisa was to be transferred to the New Westminster Hospital by helicopter but she died before the helicopter could leave.

We believe that Lisa would have been located, received earlier medical treatment and lived had the RCMP followed standard procedure and spoken to the neighbour who called the police.

Legal Rights

We believe that the failure of the police to speak to the neighbour who called 911 contributed to Lisa’s suffering and her death. That is why Rosemarie Surakka launched a legal claim to vindicate Lisa’s rights to life and security of the person under section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

7. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

Our lawyer, Monique Pongracic-Speier has been tirelessly pursuing justice for Lisa on a pro bono basis since 2011. The government defendants in the case argue that as soon as a person dies, that person’s Charter rights die with them, even if government action caused or contributed to the death. We aim to show that this is not the law of Canada.

Who We Are

Rosemarie Surakka and Mark Surakka are the parents of Lisa Dudley. We need funding for court costs, expert evidence and other disbursements to continue the fight to vindicate Lisa’s Charter rights to life and security of the  person. Monies raised will go to the case, and not to our family or to our lawyer.

Although filed in 2011, this case has faced a number of delays. The Government of Canada brought an unsuccessful application to strike out the case in 2013 (see 2013 BCSC 1005). Since then, there have been document disclosure issues in the litigation, which have necessitated hearings at the B.C. Supreme Court and the B.C. Court of Appeal (see 2015 BCSC 1244 and 2016 BCCA 328). We are now on the verge of receiving important documents about the circumstances of Lisa’s last days and her death. Access to these documents will allow us to finally advance Lisa’s case.

Lisa’s fight — a case in the public interest — requires $25,000.00 to continue. Whatever happens in Lisa’s fight will affect all Canadians, for now and the future. Please help us.

Lisa Dudley's Family.

Lisa Dudley’s Family.

News Coverage of the Case

Please see the following selection of articles on the incident and the on-going case:

  1. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/parents-cant-sue-on-behalf-of-dead-woman-over-rcmp-inaction-government-argues/article9142915/
  2. http://vancouversun.com/g00/news/staff-blogs/lisa-dudleys-neighbour-who-called-police-waited-in-vain-for-investigators
  3. https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-vancouver-sun/20090827/281483567407092
  4. http://www.cknw.com/2016/09/06/guilty-plea-in-2008-mission-murder/
  5. http://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/mission-mountie-disciplined-for-botched-response-to-fatal-2008-shooting
  6. http://www.theprovince.com/news/March+2011+Mission+Mountie+reprimanded+leaving+investigate+shooting+call/4466159/story.html
  7. http://bc.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-missed-evidence-in-911-call-probe-documents-1.621087
  8. http://www.missioncityrecord.com/news/118372514.html
  9. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/shoddy-policing-and-accountability-show-rcmp-in-bc-have-learned-very-little/article4199483/
  10. http://www.pressreader.com/canada/winnipeg-free-press/20130617/281724087114428
  11. http://www.theprogress.com/news/392488461.html

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  • Trishia

    I hope you get the justice you seek

    4 months ago Reply

  • Alaric Posey

    I want to make a small donation from my PayPal account, but can’t figure out how to donate without providing credit card information. This is an appalling case, and I wish you every success. Sincerely,

    4 months ago Reply

    • JusticeFundr

      Thanks for your message, Alaric. We have contacted the Surakka family and will let you know if they setup a PayPal account. As background, our Stripe service (which allows us to collect credit card payments) is fully secure and our website has industry leading SSL encryption, so you can rest assured that all credit card payments are secure.

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