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This Week @ Queen’s Park – November 24, 2017

  • The Ontario Legislature passed the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017 (SAASA) in late October. The legislation will come into force on proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor, once the regulations are drafted. The SAASA has not yet been proclaimed, and as such, is not in force. Once the SAASA has been proclaimed in force, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services will release an All Chiefs Memorandum to advise police services.
  • The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has released a new Crown Prosecution Manual and Police Training on Police Powers of Release.  For more information, please contact Hodan Hashi at Hodan.Hashi@ontario.ca.
  • The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is urging its members to call on the Government of Ontario to amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and the Ambulance Services Collective Bargaining Act to preclude arbitrators from expanding the scope of work for fire firefighters and paramedics respectively, including requiring an employer to adopt a fire-medic model and to update the definition of paramedic in the Ambulance Act and related regulations.
  • As part of the recently introduced Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017, a number of amendments were introduced to the Provincial Offences Act which would:
  • Streamline and simplify processes;
  • Enable expanded online service delivery;
  • Enable the transfer of responsibility of a broader range of provincial offences prosecution to municipal partners; and
  • Further strengthen enforcement tools.
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