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Public Policy Update

We are pleased to provide this update on current Provincial issues for Ontario’s police leaders:

  • The OACP, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs have requested a joint meeting with Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur to discuss issues related to the introduction of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technology in Ontario.  NG 9-1-1 will bring text, photos, video, and other data to the 9-1-1 system.  The three organizations are concerned that, as a result of the requirements of new NG 9-1-1 technology, 9-1-1 budgets may increase by as much as 30 percent.
  • The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has invited the OACP to comment on a Draft Privacy Complaint Report on the collection, use, disclosure, and retention of non-conviction personal information related to suicide attempts and threats of suicide.
  • As of March 18, the fine for driving with the display screen of a phone, computer, and mobile music player or tablet computer visible to the driver will increase to $280 from $155. Ontario Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo has signed a judicial order approving the new fines.  The fines will not apply to GPS screens. A ticket for distracted driving in Ontario does not come with demerit points, although drivers could also face a dangerous driving charge, which includes six demerit points.
  • NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo’s Bill 67, The Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (PTSD) received Second Reading this week.  This Bill is presumptive legislation, meaning the police officers would not need to prove that their job caused the trauma; it would be understood that it was a result of officers’ work.  The OACP has not taken a position on presumptive legislation.
  • In the legislature, Progressive Conservative Community Safety critic Steve Clarke and MPP Norm Miller asked questions and made statements about policing costs in OPP-policed areas: http://bit.ly/1hsV6UH, http://bit.ly/1cqr27P, & http://bit.ly/1mJb6Y4.

The Ministry of the Attorney General is inviting public input into regulations to govern the sale of wine at Farmers’ Markets.

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