From the article:What I see between the lines is that the existing investigation, despite biases, is sufficient to identify cause and (if it exists) blame. Administrative action, if appropriate, will occur, but administrative action is protected information and it remain invisible to the injured individual (regardless of their being a BoI or not).
Notwithstanding if administrative action was taken against the OIC Exercise, I find the CDS's answer to the conflict of interest to be utter horseshit and in my opinion and lame attempt at brushing off something pretty important simply because to accept the truth for what it is would be inconvenient. My reading between the lines tells me that the investigation that was ordered was a summary investigation. Every SI is "reviewed" before getting to the person that ordered it, and obviously by the person who ordered it. To say that, because it was reviewed by someone higher mitigates risk that a conflict of interest could have affected the investigation results just makes absolutely no sense.
There's a reason the DAODs on SIs state the following...
"The existence of a real, potential or perceived conflict of interest, or one that might arise given the relationship of a potential investigator to the subject matter of the investigation, shall be considered prior to appointment."
"A CAF member shall not be appointed as an investigator if it appears likely that the CAF member or any superior of the CAF member may be:
adversely affected by the findings or recommendations of the SI; or
questioned as a witness during the conduct of the SI."
So to state what he states, is to effectively say this part of the DAOD never mattered and no longer matters for all SIs going forward.
[personal rant]The inconsistencies in safety is enough to drive people to alcoholism. The amount of time, resources, and other BS that we have to go through to let someone go in a canoe in 4 feet of water with a life jacket on is obscene, but a senior officer let's someone jump out of a moving helicopter at 40 feet into Lake Ontario on a whim and she almost gets killed over it and it's no big deal.[/personal rant]