OCC Inquest - Clause 2016

Office of the Chief Coroner

Verdict of Coroner's Jury

Office of the Chief Coroner

The Coroners Act - Province of Ontario


Surname: Clause
Given Name(s): Daniel Nickolas
Age: 33

Held at: Toronto, Ontario
From: October 26
To: November 2, 2016
By: Dr. John Carlisle, Coroner for Ontario
having been duly sworn/affirmed, have inquired into and determined the following:

Name of deceased: Daniel Nickolas Clause
Date and time of death: December 31, 2014 at 12:45 a.m.
Place of death: Outside of 682 Warden Avenue, Toronto
Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds
By what means: Homicide

(Original signed by: Foreperson and Jurors)


The verdict was received on November 2, 2016
Coroner's name: Dr. John Carlisle
(Original signed by coroner)


We, the jury, wish to make the following recommendations:


Inquest into the death of:

Daniel Nickolas Clause


Jury Recommendations

To the Toronto Police Service (TPS):

  1. Encourage TPS to continue investigating the use of body cameras/audio recording devices.
  2. Increase officers’ awareness of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other similarly classified mental impairments, by including this subject matter in existing mental health training scenarios and considerations. This should include consultation and input from advocacy groups.
  3. Encourage/continue increasing efforts for community relations and outreach in vulnerable neighbourhoods.
  4. Reinforce the training of front line officers to advise supervisor via dispatch, when a call involves an armed subject, as soon as is practical on the scene.

To the Minister of Justice (Canada) and the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services (Ontario):

  1. Expand the definition of Firearms to include the currently defined 'Unregulated Firearms' that meets the Serious Bodily Injury (SBI) or death threshold. This would result in the same regulations for firearms currently defined as 'Unregulated'.

To the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario:

  1. Consider providing a list of witnesses at the outset of the inquest (functional, not personal) to jurors to better inform the questioning process.