@ Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill - May 17, 2017
- The OACP has issued a statement on Supervised Injection Sites which emphasizes the need for community-based strategies to mitigate spin-off criminal activities which may arise in relation to these sites.
- Effective March 13, the Ontario driver’s licence card can include X (non-gender specific identifier), M (male) and F (female) in the sex designation field. At this time, only the driver’s licence card will display M, F or X in the sex designation field. Although a driver’s licence card may display X, the Ministry of Transportation will continue to record male or female in the driver’s record. Work is underway to upgrade the MTO licensing system. However, until such time as new technology is in place, the system will continue to capture M or F on the driver’s record. An Ontario driver’s licence card with M, F or X is equally valid and aligns with North American Standards.
- Bill 84, An Act to Amend Various Acts with Respect to Medical Assistance in Dying, has passed Second Reading and been sent to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The Bill amends various acts in response to the federal Criminal Code legislation dealing with medical assistance in dying. It amends the Coroners Act, the Excellent Care for All Act, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
- Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau unveiled new rules which will see recreational Unmanned Aerial Systems (or drones as they are commonly known) users in Canada face new restrictions on where and when they can fly their remote-controlled devices. The OACP welcomed the new rules, which are an interim measure pending the release of revised regulations in June. What is significant is that recreational users are now subject to the law, not merely unenforceable guidelines. The OACP continues to advocate for actual enforceme mechanisms.Meanwhile,education and awareness of the interim rules should address the majority of issues Ontario’s police leaders have raised with policy makers. The rules, which are effective immediately, mean recreational users will face a fine of up to $3,000 if drones weighing more than 250 grams are caught flying:
- Higher than 90 metres;
- Within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals or people;
- More than 500 metres away from the user;
- At night, in clouds or somewhere you can’t see it;
- Within nine kilometres of somewhere aircraft take off or land, or a forest fire;
- Without your name, address and phone number marked on the drone itself; and
- Over forest fires, emergency response scenes or controlled airspace.