“’Driving While Black’: A Phenomenon All Too Frequent and Familiar”
- February 21, 2018: Toronto Star reports on Justice Tulloch’s review of new regulations on carding, also known as street checks — the stopping and documenting of citizens not suspected of a crime, a practice that disproportionately impacts racialized groups.
- November 30, 2017: Ontario Human Rights Commission announced that it is launching a public interest inquiry into racial profiling and discrimination against Black civilians by the Toronto Police Service.
- Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) announced that it has launched a public interest inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination by the Toronto Police Service (TPS).
- Using its legislated inquiry powers under section 31 of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, the OHRC has called for the TPS, the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) and the Special Investigations Unit to provide a wide range of data to determine exactly how and where racial profiling operates in law enforcement.
- The OHRC is inquiring into the practices and activities of the TPS between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2017, to assess whether they are consistent with racial profiling and racial discrimination against the Black community, including in the areas of:
- April 2017: OHRC releases report, “UNDER SUSPICION: Research and consultation report on racial pro fi ling in Ontario”. The report combines social science research with lived experiences gained through consultation with over 1,600 individuals and organizations across Ontario.
- Under suspicion highlights how racial profiling is often the result of seemingly neutral organizational policies, procedures and decision-making practices, and deeply rooted institutional cultures. The report found that racial profiling – can have a negative effect on people’s mental and physical health. Racial profiling can be all-encompassing and affect nearly every aspect of a racialized person’s public life – from shopping, to driving and getting around, to attending school.
- “This report confirms what racialized communities have known for generations: racial profiling is real,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “Rebuilding trust requires concrete action to address racial profiling in all its forms.”
In the News
Driving While Black in Canada Global News 640, The Morning Show, February 27, 2018
The double standard of driving while black – in Canada The Globe and Mail, February 26, 2018
OHRC launches public interest inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination by the Toronto Police Service Ontario Human Rights Commission, November 30, 2017