Monday, June 06, 2011

G20 hearings continue in Toronto tonight

Public hearings continue tonight in the west end of Toronto: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall.

There is a narrow question at the heart of these hearings and posed to those making submissions: "What role should civilian oversight play with respect to the policing of major events?" The entire review, however, is much broader than that and gets at the role that the Board, as overseer of the Toronto Police may have played in, for example, erroneous communications about that "five-meter zone outside the security fence," instructions to police about Charter rights during the G20, the kettling strategy, cross-police force agreements, the Prisoner Detention Centre and lots of other key matters. Last week's hearings veered into these issues and it's likely that tonight's will as well. Deservedly so.