Ontario police forces to focus on education rather than enforcement of new powers

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Ontario police forces say they’ll focus their efforts on educating the public about the importance of following the COVID-19 measures.

The public became outraged after Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said on Friday that police would have the power to stop anyone and ask why they were outside their homes.

The government reversed course a day later, and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police said Monday people should not be afraid to go outside.

The association’s spokesman, Joe Couto, says police forces had to come out quickly on Friday to assure the public that they would not be randomly stopping people.

Couto says arbitrarily stopping people would be unethical, unenforceable and police forces do not have the resources to do it.

He says police will instead focus their enforcement efforts on large gatherings of more than five people.

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  1. today famil ies in New Zealand got to visit family in Australia, those poor suckers have no covid partly do to police powers that go so far as allowing police to enter residences without a warrant. But hey, whats important afterall. Wackos here protest that they cant get a salt shaker at the dollar store cuz its taped off.

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