Torontonians don’t seem to mind the city’s ‘shameful’ ‘sexism’
— Torontons city council is debating an ordinance that would bar police from asking people to pose for photos and videos.
The move is in response to a number of incidents of sexual harassment and assault on women by officers.
It is a controversial move that comes amid a national debate over how police handle sexual assault and harassment allegations.
The debate has also prompted the Ontario Provincial Police to adopt a new protocol to address the issue.
The new rules were released Wednesday in a report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
They include guidelines for how to report sexual harassment, harassment complaints and incidents of assault and stalking to the police.
In one of the new guidelines, officers are instructed to inform the complainant of their rights to privacy and to the right to anonymity.
The guidelines also suggest that police officers should not be required to provide sexual orientation or gender identity information to anyone, including the complainant, for any reason.
But some Torontonian’s are upset with the new policies and the move.
“They are trying to make it seem like it’s a feminist issue,” said Andrea Hickey, a member of the Torontobans Progressive Coalition.
“It’s not feminist.
It’s really just to say, ‘We don’t want you in this space.'”
Hickey says she has experienced discrimination from the police on a daily basis.
“I’ve had people who are police officers and people who have been harassed by police officers, but I don’t think it’s an issue of gender.
I think it just is a woman issue.”
Torontonian’s say the city should stop focusing on the issueThe city’s new guidelines were released at a time when the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Police Association have called for a “gender neutral” police culture.
Collins said officers have been asked to wear uniforms that reflect the needs of their community.””
We need a policing culture that respects everyone’s safety and well-being and is not driven by gender, race, colour, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, or ability.”
Collins said officers have been asked to wear uniforms that reflect the needs of their community.
“What we are seeing with our community policing is that we’re working towards a gender-neutral policing environment,” he said.
The city is working with the association to develop a gender neutral policing plan, he said, and has set up a task force to study how to achieve that goal.
“Our goal is to bring in a plan that has an inclusive, equitable and respectful policing culture,” Collins said.
“As part of that plan, we’ll be looking at how to better meet the needs and aspirations of women, and look at what it takes to achieve those goals.”
Hickey, who is also a member in the Ontario Progressive Coalition, says she hopes the city will find a way to improve its policing culture.
She said she has not yet received any feedback from the city about the guidelines, but she hopes it will include an increase in the number of officers in uniform and an increase to the number on patrol.
“If we’re going to be a city where people feel safe and supported, I think that it is absolutely necessary that we are looking at that,” she said.