Changes to Ontario's new restrictions could be coming soon

Changes to Ontario's new restrictions could be coming soon”

Police services in Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes are among several in the province that have stated they won't be conducting random stops of pedestrians or vehicles to enforce Ontario's stay-at-home order.

On Friday (April 16), the provincial government announced it was giving police officers and other provincial offences officers enhanced authority to require any person to provide their home address and goal for not being at their residence, and to stop vehicles to inquire about a person's reasons for leaving their home.

"That is why we provided police services with the additional temporary authority to enforce the stay-at-home order by putting a stop to gatherings and crowds", the statement reads.

The London Police Services Board issued a statement saying it has "serious concerns regarding the potential adverse impact and constitutionality of the provincial government's expansion of police enforcement of the emergency stay at home order".

In a tweet Saturday morning, Toronto police said they will focus on educating the public first. "We are not prepared to help Doug Ford go home, leaving a police-state in place while he allows COVID-19 to run rampant, overrun hospitals, and steal the lives of Ontarians who would otherwise make it through this".

Decision comes hours after Health Minister Patty Hajdu said there's no reason the vaccine can't be given to anyone 18 and older.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford 's government announced Friday it was giving police authority to require anyone not at home to explain why they're out and provide their address.

Toronto-based journalist and author Desmond Cole criticized the enhanced powers given to police on Twitter, paralleling them to carding.

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"I am very concerned about arbitrary stops of people by police at any time", Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a tweet. Residents who live alone and caregivers are free to socialize with one other household.

In fact, 39 out of the 45 police agencies throughout Ontario said they would not enforce the restrictions by conducting random stops, the Post Millennial reported.

"Every individual who is required to provide a police officer or other provincial offences officer with information shall promptly comply", Warner said.

However, non-essential construction sites like shopping malls, hotels and office towers will be closed.

Yes. However, starting Monday, Ontario will set up checkpoints at interprovincial borders to restrict land travel between Quebec and Manitoba to essential travel only.

- Reduced capacity in big-box stores to 25 percent.

The Ontario government is expected on Tuesday to lower the age threshold to get an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination from 55 to 40.

But experts said the Ford government had missed the mark on key drivers of the raging pandemic, including a lack of paid sick leave for essential workers.

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