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Support for Rights-Based Framework for Policing

As a fitting way to mark Human Rights Day on December 10, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) urges the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to strengthen the proposed draft regulation, Collection of Identifying Information in Certain Circumstances – Prohibition and Duties, pertaining to the Police Services Act.

Hon. Yasir Naqvi
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
18th Floor, George Drew Building
25 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y6

December 16, 2015

RE: Support for Rights-Based Framework for Policing

Dear Minister Naqvi,

As a fitting way to mark Human Rights Day on December 10, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) urges the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to strengthen the proposed draft regulation, Collection of Identifying Information in Certain Circumstances – Prohibition and Duties, pertaining to the Police Services Act.

Consistent with our Oct. 2 letter urging a permanent end to arbitrary and discriminatory street checks, RNAO encourages the province to heed concerns by community members, academics, human rights, and civil society groups on the proposed regulation. RNAO urges the ministry to adopt the suggested amendments identified in the joint response that included organizations such as the African Canadian Legal Clinic, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Law Union of Ontario, and Ontario Human Rights Commission. Adopting these recommendations would allow the province to operationalize the minister's and the Legislative Assembly's objective to stop arbitrary and discriminatory street checks that violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

In the context of ongoing resistance to reform of street checks by policing leadership, RNAO would like to specifically underscore the need for reporting and oversight to strengthen accountability. In particular, an independent monitor to be appointed through agreement with the minister and the Ontario Human Rights Commission would help to build trust and confidence in the police, ensure compliance with human rights legislation, and enable safer communities.

With thanks for your consideration, RNAO stands with community members and groups urging action to strengthen human rights protection in policing for all Ontarians.

Kind regards,
Doris Grinspun, RN, MSN, PhD, LLD(hon), O.ONT
Chief Executive Officer, RNAO

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Regulatory Registry, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

African Canadian Legal Clinic
Campaign to Stop Police Carding
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Concerned Citizens Against Carding,
Criminology Department of Ryerson University
Law Union of Ontario
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Osgoode Society Against Institutional Injustices
Peel Coalition Against Racialized Discrimination
South Asian Bar Association

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