This Week @ Queen’s Park & Parliament Hill – April 5, 2019
- The OACP has asked the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) to send out communication to police services regarding the status of Bill 68 as soon as possible. The legislation has received Royal Assent and is awaiting Proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor. MCSCS will be developing a substantial number of regulations to accompany the legislation and once these regulations are developed, a date for the law to come into effect will be determined, possibly the start of 2020. It should be noted that the following came into force at Royal Assent: (1) All of the Coroners Act changes, and (2) Community Safety and Well-being (CSWB) plans change re: PSA 1990 – updating the 1990 legislation requirement require that police services be part of the process for developing CSWB plans.
- The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) addressed the Government of Quebec’s proposal to introduce legislation which would prevent police officers from wearing religious symbols (e.g., hijab, turban, etc.) while on duty. The CACP made the following statement: “An important strategic priority of the CACP is to encourage police services to be reflective of the communities they serve. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion and we respect officers’ personal religious beliefs. This inclusivity makes us better as public safety professionals and helps build stronger connections with Canada’s diverse communities.”
- The OACP office has been receiving inquiries regarding Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts. Chiefs of Police may be receiving a letter from Members of Parliament inviting them to comment on the federal legislation. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has supported the Bill and its intent, but is advocating for adjustments to the proposed “hybridization” of indictable offences. CACP’s concerns centre on the inability of the police to collect DNA and fingerprint/photograph of subjects where the Crown elects to go summarily. The CACP Law Amendments Committee has taken the position that hybridization is a good thing, as long as police are able to build-in “work-arounds” that address our ability to collect DNA/fingerprints/photographs. For more information, please contact the CACP.
- On April 1, 2019, the CACP made a presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence regarding Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms.