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This Week @ Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill – November 2, 2018

  • The Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrea Horwath, raised the issue of possible cuts to the Policing Effectiveness and Modernization Grant, as did NDP MPP Ian Arthur (Kingston and the Islands).  Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Michael Tibollo denied that the government is withholding grant funding from police services.
  • The Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, which sets out standards to govern how police record checks are conducted and disclosed in Ontario, came into force on November 1, 2018.
  • The Federal Government announced that it is revamping the overdose prevention site approval process so that municipalities can apply directly to Federal Government for funding and other supports. In Ontario, the Provincial Government announced its intention to introduce new rules for what will now be called the “Consumption and Treatment Services model” rooted in a “relentless focus on getting people the help that they need by connecting                                               them to treatment.” There will be a maximum of 21 sites across the province (there are currently 18), and “wrap-around” services will need to be in place – including connections to health and social services, such as mental health supports, housing and employment, as well as treatment and rehabilitation services. Consultation with local residents, businesses and police will have to be part of the process, pop-up sites will not be allowed, and all existing locations will have to re-apply, with the new model to be in effect next spring.
  • Transportation Minister John Yakabuski spoke at the recent arrive alive DRIVE SOBER conference about drug-impaired driving and the effects of cannabis on our roads. He reiterated the Provincial Government’s commitment to working with safety partners to protect youth and keep our roads safe. This included the recent passage of the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, which included:
    • Protecting Ontario’s youth by ensuring cannabis remains out of the hands of people under the age of 19;
    • Protecting Ontario’s roads and ensure police enforce strict rules against drug-impaired driving; and
    • Combating the illegal market and provide consumers with a legal choice.
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