On December 17, 2015 the Government of Ontario released the report of the Honourable
Justice Susan Lang on the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.
The report concludes the hair analysis conducted by the hospital was inadequate and unreliable for use
in child protection and criminal proceedings. A copy of the report can be found at
On December 22, 2015 the Ontario Government announced the appointment of the Honourable
Justice Judith C. Beaman. Justice Beaman will lead an independent commission that will provide support
to people who have been affected by a Motherisk hair test.
If you believe you have been impacted by testing completed by Motherisk, you may wish
to contact the 24 hour toll free telephone support line established by the Ontario Government at
1-844-303-5476 and register your name with the Independent Commissioner. The telephone support line
will provide you with general information, access to short-term counselling resources and other supports.
If you feel that you have been impacted and wish to speak directly with someone at York
Region Children's Aid Society, please contact Peter Ristevski at 1-800-718-3850 ext. 6751.