The government of Ontario to implement Justice Tulloch's street checks recommendations

The government of Ontario to implement Justice Tulloch's street checks recommendations

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Guleed Ahmed started this petition to Sylvia Jones (The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services) and

On December 11, 2018, the Honourable Justice Michael H. Tulloch provide a report to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario. In this report, he listed recommendations regarding Onatrio Regulation 58/16 and its implementation. The regulation outlines Ontario's rules on the collection of identifying information by police in certain circumstances, a practice that is commonly known as street checks and sometimes referred to as carding. 

As part of a 310-page report issuing recommendations for the provincial government, Justice Tulloch called for police forces to stop random street checks in which a person's information is demanded, adding they disproportionately harm people from racialized communities, waste police resources, and do nothing to address crime.

Justice Tulloch’s recommendations come at a crucial time in our province when there have been numerous cases involving police misconduct and mistreatment of citizens, which has unfortunately led to growing deterioration in trust and confidence between the police and the communities they serve. Racial profiling is a clear violation of the Human Rights Code (Code) and many racialized people in Ontario, especially African Canadians and Indigenous peoples, have experienced “carding” as yet another form of racial profiling.

The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario has legislative authority to implement these recommendations. Having received such a comprehensive review of the regulations in question, the responsibility of taking Ontario in a direction of police transparency and accountability falls squarely on the shoulders of Minister Sylvia Jones and Premier Doug Ford. Ontario’s leaders must rise to the occasion.

Therefore, I am calling for the government Ontario to immediately and transparently implement recommendations made by the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch in his Report of the Independent Street Cheeks Review.

The time for analysis and review is over. The time to act is now. 

Guleed Ahmed.

Justice Tulloch's Report: https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/Policing/StreetChecks/ReportIndependentStreetChecksReview2018.html

Justice Tulloch's Presentation: https://www.facebook.com/StreetChecksReview/videos/2283286248381016/

News Reports:

  1. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/01/04/police-must-maintain-trust-of-communities-they-serve-says-judge-in-charge-of-street-check-report.html
  2. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-report-finds-little-to-no-evidence-that-controversial-practice/
  3. https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/carding-must-end-but-non-random-street-checks-with-clear-grounds-have-value-judge-1.4240324
  4. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-carding-review-michael-tulloch-1.4964768
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