AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
More American States Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
2016-11-10 9:36:45 AM

Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all voted to fully legalize marijuana for recreation purposes in Tuesday's US general election. They join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and the District of Columbia, where recreational marijuana use is already permi...

TPS Releases Policing Modernization Report
2016-06-17 6:13:40 PM

Yesterday the Toronto Police Service's (TPS) Transitional Task Force (TTF) released a much anticipated report titled "The Way Forward: Modernizing Community Safety in Toronto." The report contains 24 recommendations including changes in five major areas: How TPS relates to...

Government Launches Police Oversight Review
2016-04-29 7:22:01 PM

The government of Ontario is conducting an independent review of the three agencies that oversee police conduct in the province: The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) The Ontario Civilian Police Commiss...

PTSD Bill Passes Third Reading
2016-04-07 2:58:25 PM

The government has passed Bill 163, the  Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act,  which will make post-traumatic stress disorder a presumptive condition for first responders. The legislation applies to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, some workers in correctional ...

Province to Introduce Presumptive PTSD Legislation for First Responders
2016-02-18 6:55:19 PM

The government has announced that it will introduce legislation that would create a presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosed in first respondents is assumed to be work-related. This legislation is designed to ensure that first responders are able to acc...

Province Announces Policing Consultations
2016-02-16 1:48:45 PM

The government of Ontario announced last week that it is launching consultations on a new community policing strategy. Specifically the consultations will focus on the following themes: Promoting more collaborative partnerships between the policy and civil society Impro...

Government Announces New PTSD Strategy for First Responders
2016-02-01 7:18:42 PM

The government of Ontario has announced a new strategy to help prevent and mitigate the risk of PTSD amongst first responders. The new strategy includes a a range of initiatives including: An online toolkit with PTSD resources for first responders Funding for researc...

New Legislative Framework Coming for Policing
2015-08-17 6:48:17 PM

The government has announced a new round of consultations on the Police Services Act. Specific details about this consultation process will be available in the coming weeks, in the meantime, more information can be found here .

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