The Canadians were awarded approximately $ 13 million in fines related COVID-19 crimes that in a new report by the Canadian civil liberties Association called “ugly pandemic tickets” with rampant racial profiling on the part of law enforcement officers.
In a report published on Wednesday entitled “Keep off the grass: COVID-19 and law enforcement agencies in Canada” on the civil rights observers found that 10,000 tickets were issued between April 1 and June 15, with the vast majority handed out only three provinces: Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Quebec, which saw a large number of deaths and coronavirus infections, saw 6,600 COVID-19-related fees, or almost 77 percent of all fines.
Ontario, which was the second most affected from the virus that saw 2,853 charges, followed by Nova Scotia with just over 550 fees and Alberta with 129 penalties, according to CCLA.
The report found the penalties for violating the orders of public security are a significant and disproportionate impact on marginalized communities, including black, indigenous and other racial groups and persons with unstable housing, among others.
Fines can range from more than $800 in Ontario with more than 1500 $in Quebec, according to the survey. Most tickets in Nova Scotia is approximately $700, while in Saskatchewan, handing out tickets in the amount of $ 2,000.
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“We have received several reports of the officers of the regulation overly aggressive with black faces walking through the parks,” said Abby Deshman, program Director for criminal justice for CCLA, in a statement. “Members of the LGBT+ community also reported that they felt targeted by law enforcement agencies.”
Scientists, criminologists and human rights organizations who spoke with Global news in April sounded the alarm about the impact on the rights and freedoms of the people, and doubt that the penalties actually serve as a deterrent.
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More than 100,000 Canadians were sickened by COVID-19 and more than 8,400 have died from the virus, which has forced governments at all levels to take emergency measures to stop the spread of infection.
In CCLA said he heard from students, seniors with fixed incomes, single parents, and those who were unemployed, who described the fines as “crushing” often a month’s rent or grocery budget.
“Unfortunately, we can never have quantitative information on discriminatory models COVID-19 enforcement in Canada,” the report said. “Many police forces across Canada do not collect demographic information such as race, gender or socio-economic status, patterns of their performance.”
Alex Luscombe from the University of Toronto, who is co-founder of public order pandemic mapping project, says that in some provinces in Canada are focused on education, not bodies.
“In many provinces very effectively ‘flattened curve’ of the pandemic, based on advice from public health and education,” he said. “Other provinces, however, turned into a secret police to ensure compliance.”
Living in Manitoba and British Columbia saw only 50 of the pandemic charges, the rest of the provinces less than five individuals facing penalties or costs associated with COVID-19, the study said. The researchers used news, press releases and social media from the police and government statements to compile the data.
In CCLA released earlier a report on Friday that highlighted allegations of racist conduct of law enforcement during a pandemic, and supposedly Canada is facing the biggest threat to civil liberties since the 1970 October crisis in Quebec.
“In Ottawa, the internal review has been launched into the case of a black man who assaulted a police officer Statute. And in Toronto, two black women reported that the employee at the Charter stopped them, but not other white users in the Park and said they were ‘trespassing’ and what if they were at his house he will be able to “photograph” them” the CCLA said.
“In mid-may in Saskatchewan, the RCMP interrupted the ceremony of the sun Dance Okemasis Cree first nation, despite the fact that the organizers said they limited the number of people at the event and practiced the physical distancing”.
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