Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin released his latest special report on the G20 security regulation on Tuesday, December 7th. He reports on his investigation into the origin and subsequent communication by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Regulation 233/10, passed by the province prior to the June 26 – 27 G20 summit meeting in Toronto.
In a press release issued by the Office of the Ombudsman Mr. Marin says, "The controversial measure – Regulation 233.10 under the 71-year-old Public Works Protection Act (PWPA) was of dubious legality and no utility and resulted in a mass violation of civil rights".
"The Toronto Police Service, which had requested the regulation because it was responsible for policing the areas around the security fence in downtown Toronto, compounded matters through its miscommunication about the reach of the regulation’s extraordinary powers," he said.
The full report and the news conference which was streamed live can be viewed online at the Ombudsman's website; www.ombudsman.on.ca; live updates will also be posted at the Ombudsman's Twitter account – www.twitter.com/Ont_Ombudsman