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Update From Doug Shipley

In these early days of 2024, I would like to say that it is my honour to continue to serve as the voice of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte on Parliament Hill. Reflecting on the past year, I am proud of the work my staff and I have done to deliver on critical issues for the residents of BSOM.

I was pleased to connect with so many community members in our riding as we celebrated our much-anticipated local traditions such as seasonal festivals, fall fairs, parades, and tree lightings.

It is clear to me that the primary issue facing residents in our community over the past year has been the cost-of-living crisis. I have received countless emails, phone calls, and letters from constituents who are concerned about the rising costs of gas, groceries, and home heating.

My colleagues and I fought hard in the House of Commons to hold the government to account over policies such as the carbon tax, which makes life even more unaffordable for Canadians and pours fuel on the inflationary fire, keeping interest rates higher for longer.

In the fall, the Liberal government backtracked on their carbon tax program, by announcing a three-year temporary pause on the carbon tax for Canadians who use home heating oil. This temporary pause, which specifically targets Atlantic Canadians, will not provide relief for most residents in our community and the 97% of Canadians who use natural gas and propane to heat their homes.

In response, I was proud to second a Conservative motion which called on the Liberal government to axe the tax on all forms of home heating for all Canadians, regardless of how they heat their home.

While our Conservative motion was voted down by the Liberal government, my Conservative colleagues and I will continue to pressure the Liberal government to provide relief for Canadians struggling with the cost-of-living and cancel all planned tax hikes.

At every turn, my staff and I have remained focused on helping community members, their families, and local businesses navigate challenges and celebrate their successes. I am proud to represent our community on Parliament Hill and I will continue to discuss your concerns and suggestions with my colleagues in the new year.

I am excited to see what 2024 will bring for those in our community and across Canada.

Please remember that my staff and I are here and happy to assist you with any federal matters and you can contact us by calling 705-728-2596 or by email at Doug.Shipley@parl.gc.ca

Doug Shipley, Member of Parliament

Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte

 

Ontario Putting More Repeat Violent Offenders Behind Bars

Province giving police more resources to monitor and enforce bail conditions

Submitted by Ministry of the Solicitor General

Jan. 11, 2024 WHITBY — As part of the province’s plan to protect communities, support victims of crime and keep people safe, the Ontario government is investing $24 million over three years to help prevent repeat and violent offenders from committing serious crimes while out on bail.

“It is unacceptable that repeat and violent offenders are committing serious crimes while out on bail,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “By giving police the tools they need to track and arrest offenders who violate their bail conditions, our government is helping to ensure Ontario is one of the safest jurisdictions in Canada.”

The investment is being delivered through the Bail Compliance and Warrant Apprehension (BCWA) Grant program and will help police services establish dedicated bail compliance and/or warrant apprehension teams to monitor high-risk individuals. It will also support new technology for a provincewide bail compliance monitoring system.

The BCWA Grant program is part of a $112 million investment to strengthen the province’s bail system and ensure high-risk and repeat violent offenders comply with their bail conditions. Other measures include:

  • The creation of a Bail Compliance Unit within the OPP’s Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad
  • The establishment of Intensive Serious Violent Crime Bail Teams within the court system
  • A new provincewide bail compliance dashboard to help monitor high-risk offenders with the most accurate data possible

The BCWA Grant program will support 17 municipal police services, four First Nations police services and 12 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) services.

  Quick Facts

  • Ontario is fighting auto theft by investing $51 million over three years to help police identify and dismantle organized crime networks and put thieves behind bars. This includes $18 million to support new and enhanced crime-fighting measures.
  • In November 2023, the Ontario government introduced the Enhancing Access to Justice Act, 2023 that will, if passed, make it easier for more victims of crime to sue an offender for emotional distress.

Quotes

“We are proud of the work we have done in collaboration with Toronto on the bail dashboard and appreciate the Ontario government’s investment to expand it across Ontario. The sustained success of the dashboard and bail compliance initiatives will come from the continued support and investments to deliver and grow this important community safety program.”

– Chief Peter Moreira, Durham Regional Police Service

“The Police Association of Ontario represents over 28,000 police service personnel that service 45 communities provincewide. For years, members have been raising issues with Canada’s bail framework and how it was failing to prioritize the safety of our communities. The Government of Ontario’s continued support for increased bail compliance and monitoring will allow police to better ensure violent offenders out on bail are unable to commit further crimes and allow officers to continue to keep our communities safe.”

– Mark Baxter, President, Police Association of Ontario

“Violent crimes committed by repeat offenders and individuals released on bail pose a significant risk to public and officer safety. The alarming level of re-offending, especially violence towards police in the execution of their duties, drives home the need for change. The Bail Compliance and Warrant Apprehension (BCWA) Grant program will enhance monitoring and tracking of those out on bail who pose the highest risk of committing further criminal acts and make our communities safer. Everyone in the province can get behind that.”

– Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie, 1st Vice-President, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

“The City of Toronto, along with communities across Ontario, continue to deal with a troubling number of incidents of gun and gang violence, many involving individuals who are out on bail. We’ve heard from community members and organizations who have called for coordination between police, community supports, city resources and all levels of government to address this issue. This funding will support the initiatives our Service is undertaking in the area of bail compliance to ensure these high-risk individuals don’t have the opportunity to reoffend. I would like to thank the Ontario government for continuing to support police services across Ontario and the victims of these crimes.”

– Chief Myron Demkiw, Toronto Police Service

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