Queen’s Park & Parliament Hill - January 12, 2018
- Is Ontario soon to follow British Columbia and implement a partial decriminalization of drunk driving? MADD Canada is calling on the Government of Ontario to overhaul how it charges people caught driving drunk and the government is listening, particularly in light of the R. v. Jordan decision and the need to expedite court processes. The OACP Traffic Committee is studying the issue.
- This year, Police Week will run from Sunday, May 13 – Saturday, May 19, 2018. The OACP staff is working with ministry staff and will be providing more information as soon as possible. Stay tuned.
- The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services issued an All Chiefs (on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General) regarding the Court of Appeal’s decision in R. v. M.G.T., 2017 ONCA 736 and how the disclosure of 911 calls is dealt with in the Framework Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) signed by the Province and police services.
- In its 2017 Budget, the Government of Canada committed $102 million to policing in Indigenous communities over five years, beginning in 2018-2019, while the Government examined ways to improve the effectiveness of the FNPP. On January 10, 2018,in recognition of the need for continued, effective policing in Indigenous communities, the government announced up to $189.2 million, in addition to Budget 2017 funding, over five years and ongoing, starting in 2018-2019. The announcement follows a motion passed by the OACP Board of Directors in December calling for increased resources for our First Nations police organizations. The additional funding will go toward improving salaries, hiring new officers, and buying new equipment.
- The Federal Government is planning to develop artificial intelligence (AI) programs to help relieve police officers traumatized by scanning the web for gruesome images of child-pornography. Public Safety officials are also considering new legislation to require all communications providers — such as website owners, not just Internet Service Providers (ISPs) — to report child pornography when they spot it. The proposed measures are outlined in a memo for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, which also calls for more resources for law enforcement, including better training for Crown counsel and judges.