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Friedman sees opportunity lost for police scrutiny

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Christopher Guly

In rescinding police services boards from provincial ombudsman scrutiny, the Ontario government is setting a dangerous precedent, warns Ottawa criminal defence lawyer Solomon Friedman.

“If police services boards, for whatever reason, were able to convince the government to remove them from the ombudsman’s ambit, who’s next? What if school boards don’t like that oversight? Will they be removed too when the ombudsman assumes jurisdiction over them in the new year?”

Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act enacted into law in December,...