Ontario to ‘Scope Down’ New Police COVID Powers, Source Says


Toronto Mayor John Tory sits in a chair after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy in Toronto, Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

The Canadian Press has learned that the Ontario government is expected to backtrack on new police powers to enforce anti-pandemic measures.

A source with knowledge of the discussions – but who was not authorized to speak publicly about them – says a “scoping-down” clarification is currently being approved.

The new powers allow police to stop anyone at random and ask why they’re not at home and where they live.


The measures announced by Premier Doug Ford on Friday drew intense criticism.

Civil libertarians and politicians denounced them as overkill.

Police forces across the province also said they would not be stopping drivers or others at random.

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The Canadian Press

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