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This Week at Queen’s Park - December 8, 2017

The Province announced the creation of a new Serious Fraud Office. This office will be staffed by representatives from the OPP and MAG and will be dedicated to combatting systemic fraud in Ontario with a focus on consumer protection measures. There will be an announcement tomorrow related to the government’s plan for auto-insurance.

  • As part of Ontario's new Emergency Management Action Plan, the province has announced that it is investing in a Light Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team in Thunder Bay so that specialized equipment and resources can be more quickly deployed in an emergency. Work to improve the search and rescue capacity across the province will continue to address recommendations in the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquiry's report. In addition, the province will be recruiting a dedicated Chief of Emergency Management to help ensure effective oversight and governance of emergency management across Ontario. For more information, please click here.
  • The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party has released its full election platforms entitled “People’s Guarantee”. Among the commitments of interest to the police community are a commitment to invest $1.9 billion over 10 years to support mental health services and a promise to restore funding the Province’s anti-guns and gangs initiatives, PAVIS and TAVIS.
  • Paul Boniferro will become Deputy Attorney General effective January 3, 2018. He is currently partner with McCarthy Tetrault in their National Labour and Employment Group, practising in both Toronto and Calgary. Mr. Boniferro is considered to be a leading expert in labour and employment law and is listed as such in the current edition of The Legal 500 Canada. He has held several management roles as a partner at McCarthy Tetrault and has served on the Senior Leadership Team as National Leader of Practices and People, playing a leadership role in the management of the firm’s multiple offices and practice groups.
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