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The Provincial Government’s “Strategy for a Safer Ontario”

Session Description:

The following video links and power point presentations come from an open information session hosted by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services on April 12, 2017 in Thunder Bay. The information session was regarding upcoming legislation and programs under an umbrella justice strategy titled the “Strategy for a Safer Ontario”.

If you have any feedback or questions relating to any of the materials, please email your feedback/questions to Sydney Oakes, Executive Sr. Policy Advisor at sydney.oakes@coo.org

Videos:

Opening - Introduction - Nathan Wright - Elder Victor Pelletier

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Strategy for a Safer Ontario

The Strategy for a Safer Ontario is the province’s new blueprint to modernize the Police Services Act and build a proactive, sustainable and effective model of policing, focused on community safety and well-being, for all communities in Ontario, whether they receive policing from the Ontario Provincial Police, municipal services or a First Nations police service. This includes shifting the focus of community safety efforts to upstream, evidence-based social development, prevention, and risk-intervention approaches that target those risks, in order to move away from the traditional focus on reactive, resource-intensive emergency response.

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Strategy for a Safer Ontario PT II

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Strategy for a Safer Ontario PT III

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Overview of Amendments to the Police Services Act

MCSCS will be tabling the most significant amendments to the Police Services Act in 27 years. This presentation will provide an overview of the proposed changes.

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Ontario's Strategy to End Human Trafficking

MCSCS is seeking feedback on the implementation of the Strategy to End Human Trafficking. A key area of action under the Strategy to End Human Trafficking is supporting Indigenous-led approaches that will provide culturally relevant services and responses -- designed, developed, and delivered jointly with Indigenous partners. As such, MCSCS is seeking feedback on: An Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund that will help to develop Indigenous-specific community services and supports & Indigenous-focused measures to increase awareness and support prevention.

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Ontario - Missing Persons Legislation

MCSCS is seeking feedback on the development of missing persons’ legislation in Ontario, as well as complementary non-legislative tools and supports. Missing persons legislation would help the police respond more quickly and efficiently to missing persons investigations by allowing access to specific information (e.g., telephone, banking, travel and health records) while balancing considerations for an individual’s privacy. Additional non-legislative supports complement a legislative response and address additional challenges.

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Investigations/Coroner’s Inquests: Improving Service Delivery for indigenous Communities

The OCC/OFPS Five Year Strategic Plan (2015) identifies enhancing the capacity in northern and Indigenous communities for coroner and forensic pathology service as a priority. The foundation for this premise is that all Ontarians deserve high quality death investigation services that are responsive to their diverse needs, regardless where they live. Current logistical challenges include travel distances and availability of flights to and from remote, fly-in communities, investigative infrastructure, coroner availability and weather-related issues. As a result, the OCC/OFPS are engaging with Indigenous leaders to inform a strategy on service delivery for death investigations in Indigenous communities. This presentation also includes an introduction of Dr. Kona Williams: A forensic pathologist and coroner with Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.  She completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa, followed by a residency in Anatomical Pathology.  She went on to complete a fellowship in Forensic Pathology at the University of Toronto.  She is Cree and Mohawk, and currently the only First Nations Forensic Pathologist in Canada. 

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PowerPoint Presentations:

* Approaching Indigenous Deaths in Ontario

* Ontario's Response to Missing Persons

* Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services: Strategy for a Safer Ontario

* Ontarios Response to Missing Persons and Human Trafficking