Legal Aid Ontario welcomes the province’s decision to prohibit carding and street checks

Friday, October 30, 2015

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) looks forward to providing input for the Ontario government’s recently announced proposed street check regulations.

The regulation, if passed, would seek to require police officers to let people know they have the right to walk away from a voluntary interaction. The draft regulation also outlines when and how someone can be approached.

"LAO applauds the government for its decision to make random and arbitrary carding by police forces illegal," says John McCamus, Chair of LAO. "This announcement marks a step forward in the protection of human rights which will build public confidence in police services. LAO is committed to working with communities to ensure that government regulations are enforced."

LAO’s submission is one of 510 submissions (476 from the public and 34 from organizations) received by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

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Genevieve Oger
Senior Communications Media Relations Officer
Legal Aid Ontario
Telephone: (416) 979-2352 ext. 5208
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