@Queen’s Park & Parliament Hill – February 9, 2018
- The OACP Justice Committee received a presentation from representatives from the Ministry of the Attorney General on “Service of Human Trafficking Restraining Orders” at its meeting on February 1, 2018. Topics discussed included duties of Enforcement Officers (EO), locating Restrained Individuals, EO safety, and service by police of Human Trafficking Restraining Orders. In June 2016, Ontario announced that it would invest up to $72 million in an anti-human trafficking strategy aimed at increasing awareness and coordination, enhancing justice sector initiatives, and improving survivors' access to services.
- The OACP Traffic Committee responded to an invitation from the Ministry of Transportation to provide input on the Province’s proposals to regulate the testing of automated vehicles – O. Reg 306/15, Automated Vehicle Pilot. Please contact Joe Couto at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The full implementation of legal cannabis could occur later than July 1. Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor told a committee inside the Senate on February 6, 2018 that she has heard from lower levels of government that more time might be required. The federal government is still hoping its legislation will pass Parliament before July — even though it faces opposition from some Senators.
- The Federal Government has announced millions of dollars for a national centre that uses artificial intelligence to crawl the internet for images of child pornography and report it. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced on February 7, 2018 that the government is providing the Winnipeg-based Canadian Centre for Child Protection with $4.1 million over five years, and $857,000 a year ongoing. The new funding will allow the protection centre to develop and maintaining Arachnid, an automated crawler that detects online child sexual abuse images and videos.