This Week @ Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill – July 27, 2018
- The Provincial Government announced that part of the $1.9 billion it has earmarked for mental health over the next decade will go to police to help first responders deal with mental health issues and to offer de-escalation training. The Federal Government has pledged to match the provincial mental health funding.
- All police services should have received an All Chiefs from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Police Services. Please note that the MOU was endorsed by the Board of Directors for consideration by police leaders.
- New Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Michael Tibollo has been busy visiting individual police services and meeting with senior police leaders. The Minister has been meeting with and speaking to many of our police leaders – including our President, Chief Kimberly Greenwood – and we are working on a meeting for the Minister with the Board Executive in the near future.
- In the Ontario Legislature: The Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrea Horwath, asked why the Provincial Government has delayed implementation of the Ontario Special Investigation Unit Act; NDP MPP Kevin Yarde asked about anti-racism and policing issues; Minister Tibollo made a statement on the recent mass shooting in Toronto; NDP MPP Guy Bourgouin raised concerns regarding delays in the judicial process related to illicit drugs in Attawapiskat and the Mushkegowuk; Belinda Karahalios, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services, raised concerns about mental health and first responders; MPP Michael Coteau asked Minister Tibollo (as Minister responsible for the Ontario Anti-Racism Directorate) about anti-racism issues; Conservative MPP Donna Skelly asked Minister Tibollo about rising gun violence.
- In light of recent media coverage regarding the number of trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) in Canada, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has issued a statement to clarify that the reported figure of 2,000 DREs was not intended to be a “target” by the CACP for October 17, 2018. It is an optimal figure indicated by studies, based on a set of assumptions. The media has been portraying this as a “CACP target”, which is not the case. By implication, the media is conveying a number that would be impossible to reach and, therefore, suggesting Canadian roads will not be safe. As a result, this statement is also intended to reassure Canadians that the police are ready to detect and deal with drug-impaired driving incidents today and once cannabis is legalized. Please contact the CACP for more information.