Saskatoon police do more carding than other Canadian cities: report

By CBC News

Saskatoon Police confirm that nearly 4,500 people were stopped and asked for identification in the city, an average that is higher than other Canadian cities such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/saskatoon-police-on-patrol.jpg

But the chief of the police, Clive Weighill, says the practice helps solve and prevent crimes.

"We want our officers out at night checking on people in suspicious circumstances. That's why we have patrol," Weighill told CBC. "I think it deters crime and helps people be accountable for what they're doing in the evening."

The numbers come from a special report in the Globe and Mail that compiled data from police forces across the country on the practice of carding: where a police officer stops a member of the public and asks to see their ID. 

Saskatoon police tell CBC that officers performed 4,457 street checks last year. That's about 1.7 per cent of the city's population, which police say is about the same rate as Halifax.

According to the Globe and Mail report, that puts Saskatoon near the top of the list in Canada.

Weighill said his officers are well versed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and aware that people do not have to stop and give their name if asked.

"I would hope citizens understand why we're doing our job and why we're asking those questions," he said. "There's nothing to fear by supplying their name."

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Carding and Toronto police practices called into question

By Thomas Saczkowski

Concerns continue to grow over carding practices in Toronto, specifically over how much data is being collected, and what this means for privacy, and how it is being used to disproportionately gather information on people of colour in Toronto.

On Tuesday September 1 a community consultation about carding practices will be held in Toronto as part of a provincial initiative to review policing practices.

The high percentages and a clear relation between carding practices and the harassment of racialized people, specifically the Black community, was detailed extensively in an 2010 investigative report by the Toronto Star headed by Jim Rankin. Human Rights Commissions releases also show the disproportionate amount of data collected by the police on people of colour in Toronto.

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Reject Wynne regime’s carding retention (regulation) scheme

Network for the Elimination of Police Violence

September 1, 2015


Reject Wynne regime's carding retention (regulation) scheme

Toronto, Ontario - The Network for the Elimination of Police Violence (NEPV) rejects the call from the Government of Ontario to retain carding by regulating the practice. Carding must be abolished now! We call on all organizations and individuals who are truly interested in community safety to boycott Wynne's public manipulation (consultation) process.

This manipulative exercise is an attempt to win moral legitimacy for the repressive, human rights denying practice of carding.

Carding gets rid of the established practice of reasonable suspicion or reasonable and probable grounds as the basis for carrying out a warrantless detention. The racialized and working-class people who are stopped are being psychologically detained. They feel compelled to give the cops their personal information in these non-criminal encounters.

NEPV has been very clear in its position --- carding must go! We see nothing of value in a tool that pre-criminalizes our communities, targeting, and harassing people who are not criminal suspects.

Intruding into our communities and forcefully gathering random information on residents should be seen as what is really is: an occupation force spying on innocent civilians.

We will not assist the police or the Liberal Party's regime at Queens Park in designing the terms of the occupation of our communities and the regulation of our physical movement.

We call on all concerned organizations and individuals to actively resist efforts at masking the abhorrent process of carding. Instead of sitting down to discuss how to reform these illegal, highly intrusive and completely discriminatory practices, NEPV supports calls to end the victimization of racialized and working-class communities that are suffering from the violence of carding across Turtle Island or Canada.

Let us get together and organize neighbourhood-based Free2Go campaigns to empower our neighbours to stop sharing their personal information with the cops. If we stop sharing our personal information in these non-criminal interactions with the police, carding will come to an end. Let's organize and not agonize over discriminatory policing tactics.
Media contact:
Ellie Adekur-Carlson, Chairperson, Network for the Elimination of Police Violence
Phone: 647.882.6581
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