We know police can’t solve the root causes of Toronto gun violence. What’s stopping us from doing what can?

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

Invest early in terms of education, child supports, health, daycare — try holistic approaches to decrease poverty and disparate outcomes for Black, Indigenous and other racialized groups — and you’ll not only improve lives, but you’ll also save money. On health care, on police, on courts, on jails.

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Black people more likely to be arrested, charged, shot and killed by Toronto police, Ontario Human Rights Commission finds

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The results are “highly disturbing, and confirm what Black communities have said for decades — that Black people bear a disproportionate burden of law enforcement”… although Black people represent 8.8 per cent of Toronto’s population, Black people represented 32 per cent of the charges in the data set… The charges… involve a high degree of discretion on the part of the officer.

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A shocking report details how Ontario’s most vulnerable youths are shuttled from child protection to the justice system

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

The researchers developed protocols and best practices for key players in the child protection and justice system, all designed to break the child-welfare-to-prison pipeline… [including] more reasonable bail conditions, trauma-informed training for group home caregivers, “anti-oppressive” practices, the use of restorative justice, and encouraging police to simply caution youths in care when called for an incident or send them to “diversion” programs… rather than lay charges

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Ontario abandons property ownership as source of jurors

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Ontario is making a fundamental change to the province’s justice system by vastly expanding the pool of potential jurors to better reflect economic and racial diversity… “Serving on a jury effectively means giving up income in a large number of cases… That barrier still exists. Hopefully this (change) indicates the government is open to making other changes that will help our juries better reflect our communities that they sit in judgement of.”

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Queen’s Park frugal with information, audit reveals

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Sep 27 2011
The study found that requests in Ontario made by media and other groups that tend to hold government accountable were more likely to be flagged as contentious and take much longer than requests made for private reasons. While nearly four out of five requests filed by businesses, individuals and lawyers were completed within 60 days, only one in two filed by “accountability” requesters — such as reporters, politicians, academics and special interest groups — was completed in that time.

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Police ponder how best to collect race data

Monday, February 15th, 2010

February 15, 2010.

Toronto police are considering making it mandatory for officers to note the race and ethnicity of people they stop in an effort to probe for patterns of potential bias – but there is no agreement on how best to go about it.

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