As U.S. tourists visit Toronto, carding remains an issue

By Tom Godfrey

In the last few days I have seen U.S. vehicles filled with tourists from New York City, Florida, Ohio, Georgia and even Texas cruising around our city.

It seems like we are teeming with visitors here for the Pan Am Games and now the Toronto Caribbean carnival parade that takes place next week.

The visitors remind me of what a beautiful city we live in. Visitors love it here and most do return because we are a friendly bunch and the city is safe and clean.

But as we know there are simmering concerns in the community, like the uncalled for street checks of young men by Toronto police, that when corrected will make our quality of life even better.

Partiers driving or flying to Toronto for the August 1 parade are here to visit family or friends, eat some good food and jump up behind the bands near the water. They feel free and for the most part, Toronto cops stand back and keep things safe for all.

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Carding gives fishing expedition licence to cops

By Ajamu Nangwaya

Ontario's government is a compliant partner in this scheme by regulating carding instead of ending the practice. I hope the individuals and groups that intend to offer suggestions to regulate carding are aware of the fact that they will be serving as collaborators and legitimizers.

The only option available to people who are really opposed to carding is a boycott of the consultation process and deny the regulations the legitimacy that the Wynne regime is seeking. Since the termination of carding is a principled demand, let provincial government go ahead and impose it on us.

We ought to resist carding by developing Free2Go campaigns, which would empower people to stop sharing their personal information with the police.

We should demand the full menu of human rights and civil liberties and not settle for crumbs from the government of Ontario and its enablers. We should not serve as willing accomplices in our dehumanization and oppression.

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Peoples' Social Forum Toronto 2015 Kimalee Phillip

Kimalee Phillip is an organizer with the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence. Keynote panel at the Peoples' Social in Toronto.

7:30-9pm – Toronto PSF Keynote Panel with Tantoo Cardinal, Kimalee Phillip, Hassan Husseini, Judy Rebick, Linda McQuaig and Syed Hussan (Ryerson University, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 245 Church Street, ENG 103 Lecture Theater)

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