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Toronto Sun Column: Taverner Not a Hill Worth Dying For

Lorrie Goldstein, writing for The Toronto Sun, pointed to one “inescapable reason” why Premier Doug Ford should not follow through on his appointment of Ron Taverner as OPP Commissioner. “It’s that putting the longtime Ford family friend in charge...

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Ford and Taverner’s Relationship Raises Concerns About OPP Independence

On Monday, on behalf of Brad Blair, Falconers LLP lawyer, Julian Falconer requested that the court expedite a hearing to determine the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé to review the OPP Commissioner hiring process. The court rejected the r...

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Falconers LLP Argues for Meekis Family to Have Their Day In Court in Action Against Coroners

At the Superior Court of Justice today in Thunder Bay, Julian Falconer and Molly Churchill argued as counsel on behalf of the family of the late Brody Meekis in response to the crown’s motion to strike the claim that they l...

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In Wake of Scathing Reports TBPSB Apologizes for “Failing Indigenous People”

On Sunday, a reconciliation ceremony was held and the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (TBPSB), apologized for failing to provide appropriate oversight of the city’s police service in how it treats Indigenous people. The TBPSB is pledging to work toget...

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CHALLENGE TO OMBUDSMAN’S REFUSAL TO INVESTIGATE GOES TO COURT SEEKING EXPEDITED HEARING

On Monday January 14, 2019, legal counsel for Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Julian Falconer and Asha James, will be arguing before the Divisional Court in favour of an expedited hearing of Deputy Commissioner Blair’s application filed on December 14, ...

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GLOBE AND MAIL ISSUES THIRD EDITORIAL ON SUPERINTENDENT TAVERNER CONTROVERSY

The Globe and Mail has issued its third editorial concerning the controversy about Toronto Police Service Superintendent Ron Taverner’s appointment as the next Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (“OPP”). The editorial begins with a potent...

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THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICES BOARD HAS FAILED THE COMMUNITY

SENATOR SINCLAIR CONCLUDES THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICES BOARD FAILED TO ADDRESS INDISPUTABLE RACISM In response to a letter to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission from First Nations Leaders dated May 29, 2017, stating that the Thunder Bay Police Board h...

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COMMISSIONER OF OPP SEEKS COURT INTERVENTION TO ORDER OMBUDSMAN TO CONDUCT REVIEW

December 14, 2018- OPP Commissioner Brad Blair filed an application before Ontario’s Divisional Court, to determine and enforce the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman to review the OPP Commissioner hiring process. On two separate occasions (December 12, 2018...

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OIPRD Releases Its Report on Systemic Racism in the Thunder Bay Police Service

Today, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (“OIPRD”) released the findings of its Systemic Review of the Thunder Bay Police Service (“TBPS”). The Systemic Review was announced in November 2016 following a formal complaint by Brad ...

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OPP COMMISSIONER BLAIR SEEKS REVIEW OF POTENTIAL POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN OPP COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENT

Yesterday, OPP Commissioner Brad Blair, formally requested that the Ontario Ombudsman review the circumstances surrounding the appointment of the new command of the OPP. The request for the review from Commissioner Blair cited the objective of protecting ...

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The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry Holds Final Hearings in Ottawa this Week

Today, on behalf of Treaty Alliance Northern Ontario – Nishnawbe Aski Nation/Grand Council Treaty 3, Falconers LLP lawyer, Krystyn Ordyniec, will be presenting the oral closing submission at the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous ...

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