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Why anti-black racism persists in the Toronto Police Service

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Toronto police officers provided biased and untrustworthy testimony, inappropriately tried to stop the recording of incidents, and failed to co-operate with the SIU. And the Human Rights Commission noted that in its final report, it will examine the role and impact of police culture…. A key ingredient of that culture is lax accountability… An important first step in ensuring accountability is collecting, analyzing and publicly reporting data related to police stops, detentions and use of force to determine if they disproportionately affect members of the black communities.

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Election reform bill passed in time for implementation in 2019 federal vote

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Bill C-76 is an omnibus bill that will reverse a number of changes wrought by the previous Conservative administration’s widely denounced Fair Elections Act. It will restore the use of voter information cards as a valid form of identification to prove residency… It will limit spending by parties and advocacy groups during the three-month period before an election is officially called, as well as during the official campaign… It will also extend the right to vote to ex-patriate Canadians… It will ban advocacy groups from ever using money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns…

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Tories’ Bill 66 would undermine clean-water protections that followed Walkerton tragedy, victims and advocates warn

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Last week, the government tabled a new piece of legislation, Bill 66, that, if passed, would allow commercial development to bypass several long-standing laws meant to protect the natural environment and the health of residents, including the Clean Water Act that was put in place following the Walkerton tragedy… The stated purpose of the proposed bill, called the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, is to cut “red tape” around planning approvals for businesses looking to invest in local communities.

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Blacks ‘grossly overrepresented,’ more likely to be hurt or killed by Toronto police, racial profiling report finds

Monday, December 10th, 2018

While Black people made up 8.8 per cent of the population in 2016, from 2013 to 2017 they comprised: 25.4 per cent of SIU investigations; 28.8 per cent of police use of force cases; 36 per cent of police shootings; 61.5 per cent of police use of force cases that resulted in civilian death; 70 per cent of police shootings that resulted in civilian death… “The interim report findings goes some way toward explaining why trust between the TPS and Black communities remains fractured…

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Advocates urge Senate to improve national accessibility law

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Currently, the legislation sets no timetable for Ottawa to meet its goal of a “barrier-free” Canada and nothing in the legislation compels the government to act… Federally regulated entities are required to develop accessibility plans, but the law does not require those plans to be good or even implemented… And the law wrongly splinters the power to make and enforce accessibility standards across numerous federal agencies, [which] will make it less effective and more confusing, complicated and costly.

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Ottawa promises Indigenous child welfare changes to end ‘humanitarian crisis’

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

… the coming legislation is intended to reform federally-delivered services so that children aren’t taken from Indigenous families into private foster care solely on the basis of economic poverty or health issues that go untreated. It will also ensure Indigenous groups have the right to determine their own laws, policies and practices for child and family services… the new child welfare bill is another part of the effort to scrap the 19th-century Indian Act and reconstitute the federal government’s relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to recognize the Indigenous right to self-determination.

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Ontario has undermined its Ombudsman’s independence

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

… not everyone will agree with the reforms just announced by the Ford government… One matter… is the introduction of a new clause in the Ombudsman Act, which allows the governing party to suspend an ombudsman if they are “of the opinion the suspension is warranted”… It is not uncommon for ombud statutes to contain provisions for removal with cause, but to contemplate the suspension of an ombudsman based on the government’s opinion takes a jackhammer to the foundation of our work.

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Ontario creates new French commissioner job after days of backlash over cuts

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

After days of backlash over its cuts to institutions serving francophones, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government says it’s making changes meant to recognize the “significant and ongoing” contributions of the Franco-Ontarian community… Premier Doug Ford says his government is creating the position of French-Language Services Commissioner within the provincial ombudsman’s office, and seeking to turn the office of francophone affairs into a ministry.

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Without funding for Law Help Centres, not all Ontarians will have access to justice

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

In straightforward economic terms, it has been estimated that the $500,000 required of the government to support the existence and operation of Law Help Centres results in more than $5-million in cost savings and economic benefit associated with promoting access to justice for the citizens of Ontario. Law Help Centres have generated over $2-million of value in pro-bono lawyer time from the private sector.

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Years after landmark case, some Ontario inmates with mental health issues still segregated for months at a time, ministry data dump reveals

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Last month, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services quietly posted an unprecedented volume of data on 3,086 inmates who spent time in segregation in Ontario jails over a two-month period earlier this year. It was part of a five-year-old settlement in an Ontario human rights case… The bad news is nothing much has changed in five years. In fact, it has grown worse for people with mental illness

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