Community Safety Reimagined

This guide is meant for teachers to become familiar with the Right to Protest Learning Unit, which is designed to introduce students to protections for the right to protest found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and discusses why this right is necessary in democracies. Examples of laws that limit the right to protest are also provided, along with a case study illustrating the conflict between protest rights and a municipal bylaw created in response to the 2012 student protests in Quebec.

The Learning Unit ends with an opportunity for students to discuss what, in their opinion, is the appropriate balance between the right to protest and public order.

Focus Of The Report

The report focuses on several areas of community safety, including but not limited to:

  • Racism and policing
  • Homelessness
  • Mental health
  • Youth
  • Gender-based violence
Rethinking Community Safety – A Step Forward For Toronto
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Opportunities For Action

Addressing systemic discrimination and other issues with policing requires our ongoing, diligent, and dedicated efforts. The areas of activity outlined in this report provide an immediate opportunity to begin to move to models that better serve marginalized communities—reallocate resources to support vulnerable people, improve community safety, and produce better outcomes in the short and long term. Toronto should take action on them now. Read the report for the full list of our recommendations.

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