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This Week @Queen’s Park & Parliament Hill – November 10, 2017

  • Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced Bill 174, the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, to regulate the use and distribution of recreational cannabis when it is legalized by the federal government in July 2018.
  • Private member’s Bills rarely pass, but one Private Member’s Bill introduced last week garnered serious media attention. Liberal MPP Yvan Baker’s Bill 171, the Phones Down, Heads Up Act – immediately dubbed the “Zombie Law” – would penalize pedestrians for crossing the street while looking at their mobile devices.
  • Kudos to the federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O’Sullivan, for calling on the Federal Government to make sure those who experience the biggest impacts of crime have the support they need.  On November 7, the Ombudsman released results of cross-country engagement on Canada’s criminal justice system. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould a mandate to review changes to the criminal justice system and sentencing reforms the previous government brought in as part of a “tough-on-crime agenda”, including mandatory minimum penalties.
  • The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released a Strategic Plan (2017–2022).  To access the plan, click here.
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