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Re-establish the principle of innocence until proven guilty

One of the fundamental principle of the justice system in modern democracies is that a person is innocent until proven guilty. One does not have to prove their innocence – merely defend themselves against the accusations of the state. At the same time we have a situation today where there are more people in prison in Ontario awaiting trial then there are serving sentences after conviction. This situation reflects a ...more »

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Replace the SIU with an independent body

The Province of Ontario must disband the SIU and replace it with a body made up of Ontario citizens who have no ties (relatives, friendship, association) with the police and with politicians.

Currently, SIU's investigations are not impartial, because its members have ties with the police.

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Attorney General

Currently the minister of Justice is the attorney general. It can make the position political and not necessarily fair for Ontarians. It should be a separate office that is elected by the people to represent them.

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Privacy

For as much as it is jurisdictional possible in Ontario, forbid the collection of private data via all communication medias: internet, phone, mobile phone, and television. Only express consent by the users, or by Court Order would allow such collection.

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Legal representation

The provision of legal representation in Court must be free for every Ontarian. This avoids representation imbalance when $ are involved.

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Create a body to monitor provincial jails.

The Province of Ontario must create a body made up of completely independent (no ties with police, jail guards and authority, and politicians) Ontario citizens. This body's purpose is to ensure that human rights are adhered to in provincial jails. This body will have access to any provincial jails and to any inmates AT ANY TIME, without prior notice. This body will have also enforcement powers that will enable prosecution ...more »

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No more bail conditions

The province of Ontario must legislate or establish new rules for judges in Ontario courts that eliminate bail conditions for people charged with a criminal offences. Here are 2 reasons why: 1- Virtually all charged person do breach the conditions of their bail without consequences, 2- For charged people who are innocent, bail conditions are unfairly punishing them and often can ruin their lives. A person who is charged ...more »

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Provincial penal institutions

We must change the prison's mandate from "penal institutions" to "re-education institution". Do not punish, educate instead. We must remember that by locking up criminals and tossing the key does only one thing: desperate ex-cons who have no other ways to survive once out of prison by committing more crimes (and getting better at it). All this at our own cost. Ontario has in the past been ignoring how inmates are treated ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Raise Minimum Wage to $14/hr

No one should work to live in poverty. $14/hr is the minimum required for a single person working full time to reach the poverty level.

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veterans support

Veterans who get out of the Canadian armed forces after having done their duty are denied equality with ordinary citizens. When looking for a job, veterans are told that they lack experience, and that is without considering their experience in the armed forces. Even after having driven vehicles while on duty in the armed forces, veterans are charged car insurance premiums as new drivers (and that is expensive). The problem ...more »

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Fair for all and proper use of taxpayers' $$$

The goverrnment should not be allowed to dismiss discrimination or use taxpayers' money to do so. Deb Matthews is turning a blind eye to discrimination in transplant hospitals and paid lawyers to bury the HRTO case that challenged this policy. This is not fairness or justice.

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Risk assessment by psychiatrists.

Risk to re-offend reports issued by psychiatrists are often used in court to influence offenders sentencing. The same reports have been banned in court as evidence to support the conviction of an offender, because they have been deemed unreliable. Then logically, risk to re-offend reports should also be banned from the sentencing for the same reason. What these reports have done in the past is to justify a severe sentences ...more »

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