Ontario government won’t apologize for secret G20 law

The Toronto Star

The Ontario government is refusing to apologize for its secret G20 law that resulted in hundreds of arrests — but few charges that stuck — despite a damning report on it by former chief justice Roy McMurtry.

As first reported in Thursday’s Star, the widely respected McMurtry recommended the Public Works Protection Act be repealed because the broad arrest powers it gives police are “beyond troubling.”

He pointed a finger at Premier Dalton McGuinty’s government for failing to properly communicate the so-called secret law the cabinet approved under the PWPA at the request of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, and for wrongly creating the impression police could demand identification or search without warrant anyone coming within five metres of the G20 security fence last June. The restriction applied to areas only inside the security zone.

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