Ontario has quietly passed legislation that allows police to question and arrest not just people walking with the G20 security zone in Toronto, but even anyone walking within five metres of the fencing.
There are reports that a 32-year-old man has already been arrested under the new regulation, because he refused to show ID to police who questioned why he was inspecting fencing around the security perimeter.
Why did Ontario, Canada "quietly pass legislation" giving police ridiculous powers, beyond the scope of any real necesssity?
The 32 year old man arrested?- Was he "inspecting" or was he merely looking at the fence his tax dollars bought and paid for?
Did he "refuse to show ID"?- Or did he simply not have ID on him at the time that he casually stopped to look at the fence?
Really, the way this article is written- to create suspicion and justification for this obviously bad legislation. Why do I say bad legislation? Why would it be quietly passed if it was good for the citizens?
The regulations were passed earlier this month by provincial cabinet using what is known as a "covering" order-in-council. The changes were not debated in the Legislature.
Secret, secret....sounds very police state doesn't it?
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association said in a media statement that it "is obviously extremely concerned about the implications of this measure" and says it will seek to challenge the regulation.