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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New investigation into police authority at G20

This is probably like the fifth separate investigation going now into the actions of police and the government at the G20. But this time, it's being lead by a former judge. This is a very positive development.

From the Globe & Mail:

A former Ontario chief justice will investigate the controversial law the province amended before the G20 – one whose amendment wasn't publicized and which police led the public to believe gave them extra powers to enforce security around the summit's perimeter in downtown Toronto.

Roy McMurtry will lead an independent review of the Public Works Protection Act, a Second World War-era piece of legislation Premier Dalton McGuinty's government amended, reportedly at the request of the Integrated Security Unit in charge of maintaining safety over the G20 weekend.

The review will look at “the scope of authority given to police” under the act, what exactly a “public work is,” how best to notify the public about regulations made under the act and how it can be applied to “large-scale events such as national or international conferences, sporting events and public demonstrations,” according to a statement from the province.

Read the rest from the Globe & Mail.

Posted by Mike Brock on September 22, 2010 | Permalink


It's not too late to hire Jello Biafra to
prepare a counter report to Rt Hon Roy McMurtys' .. Comrad Jello will line up all the left's pet justifications and set them to music..

And then anybody still in a snit about getting their asses beat back in the G20 riot can download it to their I Pod, then dance their political anxieties away.

I propose the song be titled" Day of the Goggles "
and it I am looking for the French version on the CBC website already.

Posted by: 419 | 2010-09-22 9:38:56 AM

I thought I remembered reading that there was no actual change to the law, and that it was all an elaborate fib.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-09-22 12:55:30 PM

Any chance of Rt Hon Roy McMurty releasing his report on the G20 ordeal as a graphic novel ?

Posted by: 419 | 2010-09-22 2:21:07 PM

My problem with the thugs and anarchists that caused mayhem and damage to private and public property is the fact that the police forces in Ontario set some bad precedents before this which gave fuel to the idea in the anarchist's eyes that they could get away with it. The one precedent I am thinking is the appalling dereliction of duty the police forces showed in the Caledonia Ontario native uprising. The other is the Tamils blocking the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto.

Posted by: StanleyR | 2010-09-22 5:10:40 PM

This is great, but I wish we could get an investigation like this into Caledonia too. Damn, between Caledonia and the G20, Ontario cops are really a conflicted punch of authoritarian pussies.

Posted by: Cytotoxic | 2010-09-22 5:36:08 PM

Unfortunately we will not get an investigation into Caledonia you want, when we have a situation of which a white couple who lived there, sued the police for basically dereliction of duty and the police late last year settled out of court, so the public will never know the details of how the police mishandled the situation. For shame.

Posted by: StanleyR | 2010-09-22 6:03:08 PM

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