Ontario Government Approves Sweeping Police Powers

June 26, 2010

On June 2, 2010 through an order-in-council, the Ontario government secretly approved new sweeping powers for the police. Many Toronto criminal lawyers believe that these ‘police state regulations’ have gone too far and are inconsistent with Canadian civil liberties and the rights enshrined by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These new police powers allow the Toronto Police Service and other police agencies to arrest and even jail individuals who refuse to produce identification or be searched within five metres of the security zone implemented for the G20 Summit being held in Toronto. The new measure carries a penalty of up to two months in jail or a $500 fine upon conviction. These new police powers were enacted without any prior announcement or public consultation. The obvious concern is that many Torontonians could walking the street without identification and unknowingly breaking the law by going within five metres of the newly erected security fence. All Toronto criminal lawyers and civilians should be concerned about secret laws and the government’s changing our rights without even telling its citizens. If you have been charged with an offence as a result of the Ontario government’s new measures, immediately contact a skilled criminal lawyer to find out what your rights are. These new sweeping police powers can, and will be, challenged. Toronto criminal lawyers, Kostman and Pyzer, will defend your rights to be protected from unlawful searches, seizures and arrests. Contact us today at 416-658-1818 for a free consultation.

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