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Rally called as more groups spurn Pickton inquiry

Detail of a posterboard of 48 missing women connected with the Robert Pickton serial killer case..

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Another coalition has turned its back on B.C.'s inquiry into murdered and missing women.

Two groups, representing women on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, say they won't take part in what they call a sham inquiry.

Instead, members of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre and the Women's Memorial March Committee will hold a rally on Oct. 11, the first day of the hearings.

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The groups were granted full standing at the inquiry but say they are pulling out, in part, because the adversarial format of the hearings means they will need legal representation, but the province refuses to pay for counsel.

Late last month, a powerful coalition of victims' families and other groups delivered an ultimatum to the premier, demanding she intervene to save the commission.

It is set to examine police conduct and the investigation involving serial killer Robert Pickton and why he wasn't stopped sooner from murdering women on the Downtown Eastside.

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