No random stops–Ontario government reverses controversial COVID-19 control

The Ontario government has reversed one of the most controversial parts of tough new measures announced on April 16 intended to control people’s mobility and the spread of COVID-19.

Originally, the new regulations included giving police or other law enforcement personnel the authority to randomly stop vehicles or pedestrians and ask why they were not staying home, and for their address.

The regulation was met with negative reaction from many Ontario residents and some municipal police forces even said they would not use the regulation.

On Saturday, Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones issued a statement explaining that random stops by police will not be authorized.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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