Carding. A final word …. for now.

The Toronto Police Services Board unanimously voted to reinstate a reformed and stricter carding policy at its Thursday, June 18th meeting. However, the Ontario government intends to weigh in with its own province wide regulations this fall. In the meantime, we sent off a comment to the MCSCS minister ahead of that Toronto Police board meeting:-
June 18, 2015

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi,
Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services,
18th Floor,
George Drew Building, 25 Grosvenor Street,
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y6

Re: Carding

Dear Minister Naqvi:

The Toronto Police Service seems to have painted itself into a corner on the carding issue, but it is very adept at wriggling out of tight spots.

Of course, our police officers should be talking to people. Absolutely.

Nonetheless, no person is required under any circumstance, for any reason, or in any situation to speak to the police……ever. No piece of legislation you recommend will change that.

It could be argued that the best you can accomplish by regulating carding is to permit police intimidation of the citizenry under some controls.

You have a challenge ahead of you.

Yours truly,

Charles H. Klassen

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