Police services and organizations across the province are marking Ontario Police Week, from May 10 to 16, with barbecues, meet-and-greets and recruitment drives, all promoted with the #PoliceWeekONT hashtag.
But critics of police conduct have been using that hashtag to try to get answers about carding, police violence and racism.
Jared Walker was among the first to use the Police Week hashtag to as a way to raise these topics on Twitter.
Many of the most popular tweets using the #PoliceWeekONT tag, based on replies and retweets, were written by freelance journalist Desmond Cole.
Cole wrote this month's Toronto Life cover article about being stopped by police repeatedly during his lifetime solely because, as he says, "I'm black."
So far, no Ontario police service has responded to any of the posts questioning police conduct or criticizing police practices.
Ontario Police Week has been marked each May since 1970.Suggest a correction