Brantford Airport Accident Witnessed by Dellen Millard: Ministry of Labour Report

Brantford Airport Distribution

Above you will find an almost complete version of the redacted report I received from the Ministry of Labour. The subject is a 2005 Millardair accident witnessed by Dellen Millard. A 75-year-old contract employee died after falling off a scaffolding-like structure while working on the plane with Millard and another contract employee.

The report was redacted to remove the name of all three men present, but the Ministry of Labour failed to black out Dellen Millard’s signature on a witness report. (I removed the relevant page.)

Police investigating the Tim Bosma murder were made aware of this incident after the family of the man who died contacted them.

I am still trying to track down the other contract worker who was present. An airport worker called to the scene of the accident doesn’t remember seeing anyone else there besides the injured worker and Millard, but admits his memory is foggy.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact me at ann.brocklehurst@gmail.com. I’m hoping that by posting the report — minus a few of the pages I received — it will help generate some leads.

8 thoughts on “Brantford Airport Accident Witnessed by Dellen Millard: Ministry of Labour Report

  1. I find it very unusual that there aren’t the usual “questionable” people out there offering up their stories on both suspects. I totally understand those very close or involved in the ban but In any highly public event there always seems to be someone who is searching for their 15 minutes of fame. There has been no one from either side defending or attacking either defendant. What is your take on this? Are they coming forward and being thoroughly scrutinized ? or no one is talking at all?

    • Interesting points. I might explore some of them in a full-fledged blog post.

      Could you give me an example or two of what you mean by the usual “questionable” people? I’m not certain I really understand the type of person you mean.

      Thanks in advance.

      • I would consider someone questionable if they approached the press to tell a story in exchange for a reward or glory. I am not saying I know of anyone doing this, It just seems in previous crimes there always always seems to be a couple that rise up out of no where with tales to tell. No friends are talking, no coworkers, no neighbours, etc. Not everyone can be on the No Contact list. I just find the silence a little odd.

        • Hmm. My experience as a reporter is that people don’t usually talk about murder cases for a reward or glory. Instead, they talk because they want justice or revenge or because they don’t want someone to be defined by a gruesome death and want the good things to be remembered. In general, I don’t think 15 minutes of fame is a big motivator when it comes to murder.

          Also, at this point in time and the court process, there are many valid legal reasons for staying silent.

          All that said, this is a case in which it has indeed been exceedingly difficult to get people to talk.

  2. This is a dated thread, but I felt inclined to add that I too am surprised by the ‘silence’.

    Consider two things that make this situation distinct from ‘most’ murders.

    First the emotional impact on the general public. This tragedy struck a young family in a good neighbourhood, in a manner that really struck the (“could have been anyone”) chord. There is a LOT of emotional investment in this case.

    The second distinct difference in this case is the number of youths involved. With social media playing the role it does these days, and given that those implicated have all had an active online presence, that creates a sprawling web of individuals with only a few degrees of separation.

    This situation seems to be one that would breed far more gossip and mass emailings.

    • There are good legal reasons for people to not talk, but it does seem a bit surprising people are actually not talking.

      • I never fail to be surprised at how much people talk — and at how little they talk. And sometimes, I’m surprised at how someone who used to talk learns to keep their mouth shut.

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