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COVID-19: Ontario solicitor general on modified police powers

COVID-19: Ontario solicitor general on modified police powers

COVID-19: Ontario solicitor general on modified police powers



Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones speaks briefly with reporters at Queen’s Park on the provincial government’s newly announced restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). Following a public outcry, the government announced it would modify measures related to increased powers for police officers to enforce its stay-at-home order. In a statement released on April 17, Jones said police officers will no longer have the right to make random stops of pedestrians and motorists to demand a reason for their travel and to request their address. Police will now only be allowed to stop people if they are suspected of taking part in an organized public event or social gathering.