This Week at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill
- The Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB) released results of a membership survey on the “rewrite” of the Police Services Act (PSA). The survey identified the degree of support for 56 specific reform ideas based on members’ previous PSA submissions. Of 138 police governing agencies within OAPSB, 107 participated in the survey. Overall, respondents ranked “Strengthening Police Board Governance” as the number one need of the new PSA, followed by “Modernizing Police Labour Relations”. An overwhelming number of respondents felt that safety of our communities should be legislatively recognized as a foundation for social well-being and economic prosperity in Ontario.
- The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has issued a “Response to the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation”.
- The CACP also issued a comprehensive framework for police forces on dealing with intimate partner violence.
- The Minister of Community Safety and announced this week 15 two-year pilot projects have been selected that will provide a more compassionate, sensitive response when survivors of sexual violence come forward and report their experiences. The initiative is part of It's Never Okay, Ontario’s action plan to end sexual violence and harassment, and also supports Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women.