“Public Works Protection Act” – i.e. Charter Rights on Hold till next week

A law, quietly passed but exposed by the Toronto Mobilization Committee’s Movement Defence Committee, criminalizes human life within 5 meters of the G20 security wall. You can read the law, “ONTARIO REGULATION 233/10″, online, but it won’t be published publicly (in the Ottawa Gazette) until july 3rd – after it is no longer in effect.

In short, if you find yourself five meters from the security fence you can be asked for identification, you can be searched without warrant, and you can be arrested on suspicion of intending to enter the security fence area. Furthermore, you can be arrested and fined on suspecion of “approaching” the security fence area. For example: if you are participating in a march headed in the general direction of the fence and you do not comply with police orders to turn around – you can be arrested, fined, and imprisoned for up to 2 months.

3.A guard or peace officer,

(a) may require any person entering or attempting to enter any public work or any approach thereto to furnish his or her name and address, to identify himself or herself and to state the purpose for which he or she desires to enter the public work, in writing or otherwise;

Refusal to obey guard, etc.

5.(1)Every person who neglects or refuses to comply with a request or direction made under this Act by a guard or peace officer, and every person found upon a public work or any approach thereto without lawful authority, the proof whereof lies on him or her, is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two months, or to both.

4 thoughts on ““Public Works Protection Act” – i.e. Charter Rights on Hold till next week

  1. “The province has secretly passed an unprecedented regulation that empowers police to arrest anyone near the G20 security zone who refuses to identify themselves or agree to a police search.

    A 31-year-old man has already been arrested under the new regulation, which was quietly passed by the provincial cabinet on June 2.”


  2. “The Ontario government was more than just heavy-handed and oppressive in giving police wide powers at the G20 Summit in Toronto – it was sneaky, too. With no forewarning, no chance of debate, no time for a court challenge, it quietly declared the downtown area within the security fence an “island of non-constitutionality,” as a civil liberties lawyer describes it. The secrecy is nearly as bad as the substance. While the state has a right to prevent violence, what right has it to pre-empt debate and challenge?

    True enough, anarchists with rocks, bricks or worse may show up. That is the history of these summit meetings, and this one is not likely to be different. Some protest groups have refused to denounce violence. But none of that means an insurrection is underway. The state needs to find a balance between ensuring public safety, including the safety of summit participants, and allowing for the peaceful expression of dissent.”


  3. I first blogged about 6 laws and 6 orgs that govern the cops in Ont. I tried to get the media to do a story. The change to the public works protection act is perm. In fact normally a press release is sent to http://www.newswire.ca this time the govt sent the change in the law to the US media not Canada. This change to the law is now on the books in all provinces. Even the Us cannot have a state law that violates federal law. As I speak Az is being taken to court by the feds and the Supreme Court in favor, again for guns since it is in the constitution. much to the chagrine of some gun control cities.

    State law cannot trump federal law but apparenlty in Ont provincial law did trump federal law.

  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_brutality#United_States
    BTW this compares US law to protect against police brutality vs Canada laws. Most of the charter rights in Canada have been undermine by the new provincial laws.

    A mass protest has taken place in front of the TO police station HQ. Some guy on the roof is taking pics of the protesters. I noted no cameras on the bldgs. They will run peoples pics through databases and maybe raid some homes later. What i have noticed in these protest in stark contrast to protest like these in the US, is that in the US in the past most protests against the cops were from the poor and minorities not many white people. The protest I see in Ont are always by white people. The dominant race so if the cops do not get this then when will they?

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