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City Hall news conference calls for tougher regulations on carding

CityNews | posted Monday, Dec 7th, 2015

A group of community leaders will be at Toronto’s city hall on Monday, calling for tougher carding regulations.

Members of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Concerned Citizens Against Carding as well as activist Desmond Cole are expected.

The news conference is expected to take place at 11 a.m.

Although the coalition says it’s in agreement with the province’s decision to end the practice of stopping people to question them without a warrant, it’s worried the wording isn’t strong enough to stop police from doing so.

They are especially concerned police will continue to target “young and black” men. For example, if police are searching for a suspect who is described as “young and black,” any young black man could be stopped and have their information entered into a database.

The group is also concerned about the length of time the information is stored, especially for people who have not committed a crime.

Last week, the Police Record Checks Reform Act passed through the Ontario Legislature. The law now makes it illegal for mental health records and records from police street checks to be disclosed in police record checks in Ontario, with some exceptions.

Non-conviction records – such as withdrawn or dismissed charges, acquittals and findings of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder – can only be disclosed through some vulnerable sector checks for people working or volunteering with children or seniors.

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