Peel residents weigh in on street checks

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Last week Peel residents had their opportunity to provide feedback on how Ontario’s new law governing police street checks has been implemented.

A public consultation meeting was held in Brampton at the Loafer’s Lake Recreation Centre where residents from Peel were invited to offer input on the new regulations introduced across the province in 2016 with an implementation deadline of January 2017.

Justice Michael H. Tulloch is travelling the province holding similar consultation meetings, reviewing a long list of issues stemming from the new provincial “carding” regulations.

Whether carding will continue at all in the future is up in the air as Justice Tulloch makes his decision in January 2019.

The March 8 public meeting was the only one scheduled in Peel.

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The new regulation was introduced in 2016 and the deadline to comply was January 2017.

In Peel, Chief Jennifer Evans told the police board all changes to language, definitions and policy regarding the new regulations had been implemented by April 2016, making Peel the first police service in the province to make the changes.

Police department policies, training and procedures will be reviewed to determine if police officers, chiefs and police services boards are complying with the new regulations.

He is also to ensure that police-public relations are consistent, bias-free and done in a way that promotes public confidence and protects human rights,” according to the review’s mission statement and mandate.

If you’d like to have your say, feel free to log onto https://streetchecksreview.ca/ to submit feedback online before May 31; for dates and locations of upcoming public consultation meetings; as well as links to the regulations and other available online resources.

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This is a contentious issue with police saying that carding provides valuable intel that keeps communities safe but other advocates argue that officers end up targeting individuals based on their skin colour. People of colour seem to be disproportionately carded, but many critics may argue that today’s demographics means there are probably fewer whites and a larger number of people of colour on the streets today. – CINEWS

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