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Ontario to standardize carding policy across province, minister says

06/16/2015 10:06 EDT | Updated 06/16/2016 05:59 EDT
Ontario will standardize a controversial carding policy, also known as 'street checks,' used by some police departments, Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi said Tuesday.

He said stories of police doing street checks for no reason have allowed distrust to creep into the public's relationship with the police.

"The status quo in these cases is not acceptable and cannot continue," said Naqvi.

He wouldn't eliminate the practice, but said the new regulations will ensure there are clear and effective rules in place.

"Street checks is one of those fundamental issues that requires a single, clear standard throughout all the province."

He said the government will work with the policing community, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, civil liberty advocates, community groups, legal organizations and the public to develop mandatory and enforceable regulations on street checks. He said these regulations will apply to all police forces in Ontario.

Naqvi said the new regulations are expected this fall.

The province has come under fire for police use of the policy, which many have said consists of racial profiling.

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