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This Week @ Queen’s Park (December 14, 2018)

  • The legislature is now on winter break and will next convene February 19, 2019 after the Family Day long weekend.
  • Prior to rising for the winter break, the Hon. Steve Clark, the Minister Responsible for Red Tape Reduction, introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act – sweeping legislation to change, harmonize or eliminate more than 30 rules and regulations across 12 ministries to reduce the regulatory burden on business. Included in the proposed changes is repealing of the decades-old Pawnbrokers Act. The OACP has long advocated for the repealing of this Act and replacement with a system that would help our police officers to work with second-hand and pawn stores to reunite people with their stolen property. The Schedule repeals the Pawnbrokers Act and makes a consequential amendment to the Personal Property Security Act. We are looking at the impact on police of this proposal.
  • The Ontario Human Rights Commission released A Collective Impact, an interim report on its inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service, on December 10, 2018.
  • The Office of the Independent Police Review Director released its report on its probe of the Thunder Bay Police Service and its relationship with indigenous peoples on December 12, 2018.The OIPRD began its study in November 2016.
  • The Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrea Horwath, and NDP MPP Kevin Yarde (Brampton North) questioned the hiring process for the position of Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.
  • NDP MPP Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre) raised concerns with the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services over hate crimes in the wake of a Statistics Canada report which found that in Ontario, there was a 67% increase in hate crimes last year.
  • Conservative MPP Randy Pettapiece asked about government investments in OPP detachments.
  • Conservative MPP Deepak Anand (Mississauga Malton) asked about government investments in law enforcement.
  • The Government of Ontario has announced “consultations” for, “consumers and businesses to share their views on how beverage alcohol choice and convenience can be increased in the province.”  This is the first step widely viewed as allowing alcohol to be sold in corner stores in Ontario.  The OACP Alcohol and Gaming will consider input based on public safety concerns on behalf of Ontario’s police leaders. There is a deadline of February 1, 2019 for public submissions.
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