This Week @ Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill (November 30, 2018)
- The OACP leadership team and staff have been discussing concerns raised by members and victim advocates over possible cuts to provincial funding for victim services. The OACP strongly supports our victim services partners and is considering advocacy on behalf of these agencies and has communicated this to Premier Doug Ford.
- The OACP is also getting inquiries from the Provincial Government regarding Electronic Proof of Auto Insurance. This is an issue we have spoken to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) about. The IBC has made it a priority to obtain the OACP’s input on this issue as to whether this is feasible in Ontario.
- The Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrea Horwath, asked the Premier about police independence.
- MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay—Atikokan) congratulated Chief Sylvie Hauth on her appointment as Chief of Police of the Thunder Bay Police Service.
- The federal government announced a $450,000 grant to help Pride Toronto develop “strategies to make LGBT communities in Canada live more securely.” The funding will be used for the creation of a new initiative, run by Pride Toronto, that seeks to address, “institutional and systemic barriers that lead to negative outcomes for [LGBT] communities, especially those that they have when encountering the criminal justice system.” Pride Toronto says they want police “at the table” during a Canada-wide consultation and a final report will be given to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) along with recommendations. The OACP has asked the CACP to seek clarification on who is leading the study, methodologies to be used, etc.