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This Week @Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill - June 29, 2018

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canadians will be able to consume marijuana recreationally without criminal penalties starting on Oct. 17, 2018.
  • The Ministry of Transportation issued a memo to stakeholders about amendments to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and its regulations that were enacted under the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, Schedule 4 and, the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act. These amendments include a number of new measures to address the issues of impaired driving, distracted driving and vulnerable road user safety. If you or your members have any questions about any of these changes, please contact Maureen Tetzlaff, Director, Safety Policy and Education Branch at 416-235-4776 or Maureen.Tetzlaff@ontario.ca. For more information please visit www.Ontario.ca/cannabis and www.Ontario.ca/drivesober.
  • A summary report from the national Summit on Gun and Gang Violence held on March 7, 2018 has been issued by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Summit was hosted to identify priority actions and advance efforts in prevention, intervention and suppression.
  • Doug Ford has been sworn-in a Premier of Ontario. Premier Ford has appointed Michael Tibollo (Vaughan—Woodbridge) Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. A full list of the new 21-member  cabinet can be found here.
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