Canada Doug Ford government appoints new police watchdogs for Ontario

11:05  28 november  2019
11:05  28 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Doug Ford government spent $230M to scrap green energy projects

  Doug Ford government spent $230M to scrap green energy projects Provincial documents show the Ford government spent more than $230 million to cancel renewable energy projects that included a partially-built wind farm in a cabinet minister's riding.The spending was revealed Tuesday in question period by the opposition NDP, who accused the Ford government of throwing away money on scrapping energy projects as the Liberal government did earlier in the decade.

Douglas Robert Ford (listen) (born November 20, 1964) is a Canadian businessman and politician serving as the 26th premier of Ontario since June 29, 2018.

Ford then appointed his longtime family friend Ron Taverner as the new Ontario provincial police commissioner – the force that is responsible for investigating any potential wrongdoing by the government or the premier himself. Although Ontario ’s legislature has 124 elected members, only

Doug Ford© Adrian Wyld Doug Ford Premier Doug Ford's cabinet has chosen the new heads of the agencies that investigate allegations against police in Ontario, CBC News has learned.

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) will be led by Stephen Leach, a veteran lawyer who has worked on governance building, justice sector reforms and anti-corruption activities in such countries as Iraq, Georgia and Tunisia.

The OIPRD probes public complaints against police and has the power to conduct reviews of systemic problems in policing.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) will be led by Joseph Martino, a lawyer who has spent 20 years with the agency and has been its interim director since April. The SIU investigates death and serious injury of civilians during interactions with police. It also investigates allegations of sexual assault involving police officers.

Ontario sets up council on provincial-federal relations, headed by Ford

  Ontario sets up council on provincial-federal relations, headed by Ford TORONTO — Ontario is creating a council on provincial-federal relations, headed up by Premier Doug Ford. Ford says the team, including several senior cabinet ministers, will work with federal counterparts on priorities such as infrastructure, health care and economic growth. The government says its priorities will include pushing for increased funding through Canada Health Transfers, removing red tape and attracting international investment to all areas of Ontario.

Premier Doug Ford 's cabinet has chosen the new heads of the agencies that investigate allegations against police in Ontario , CBC News has learned. Ontario 's Special Investigations Unit probes incidents involving the police that have resulted in serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault.

Just last week, he raised concerns about Premier Doug Ford ’s new Comprehensive Ontario Police In a nine-page letter to the Ontario Legislature’s standing committee on justice policy, Mr. Loparco Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones has called the previous government ’s changes the “most

Senior government sources told CBC News that cabinet made the appointments on Wednesday.

Leach and Martino will play key roles as the Ford government moves forward with changes to the police oversight system. The changes are bundled together in new legislation passed earlier this year called the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act.

The OIPRD will be renamed the Law Enforcement Complaints Agency as part of the changes.

Shortly after taking office last year, the Ford government paused police oversight reforms that had been introduced by Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government  but not implemented.

A sweeping review of policing in Ontario by Justice Michael Tulloch recommended ways to strengthen independent oversight of police in the wake of high-profile incidents of police brutality.

ANALYSIS: Premier Doug Ford’s new leaf .
After starting 2019 as a disruptor, Premier Doug Ford now appears to be striving for the middle of the road. So as Santa mulls whether it will be coal or candy for the premier, perhaps the choice isn’t just between naughty or nice. The truth, at least in the latter part of 2019, is Ford was... nicer.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 22
This is interesting!