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This Week @ Queen's Park and Parliament Hill - September 4, 2020

  • OACP staff met this week with officials from the Ministry of the Solicitor General to begin planning (including possible themes) for this year’s Crime Prevention Week in Ontario, which takes place during the first week of November. Stay tuned for more information.
     
  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs has advised of the recent proclamation of sections 6(1), 7, 14(1)[3] and 15(1) of the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020, (STPFSA), effective September 2, 2020. The STPFSA received Royal Assent on June 18, 2020. Once fully in force, the Act is intended to keep Ontario’s farmers, their families, agri-food workers, and farm animals safe by reducing the likelihood of trespassing on farms and processing facilities. The legislation also enhances protections from obstructions in the transportation of livestock.
     
  • The Government of Ontario has launched two new resources to raise awareness about sexual exploitation and human trafficking. These tools will help young people recognize the signs and dangers of trafficking and where to go if they need help. For more information, click here.
     
  • The proroguing of the Canadian Parliament until September 23 has halted the work of the House committee studying systemic racism in policing in Canada.
     
  • Slightly outside of the advocacy field but the issue of whether academic researchers should work with police has surfaced as a major issue for police organizations in the wake of Carleton University academics issuing a proclamation that they won’t allow their criminology students to do placement with police or corrections organizations. This article from Dr. Kevin Haggerty of the University of Alberta outlines why not collaborating with justice organizations is a bad idea for academia.
     
  • A report on algorithmic policing developed by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and International Human Rights Program has been released. The report concluded that Canadian police services have begun using technology to predict who may become involved in illegal activity or where crimes might take place, which raises concerns about potential constitutional and human rights violations that the Canada’s legal system is currently not equipped to handle.
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