G20 Review Moves to Next Stages

TORONTO, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - The Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit has completed its public hearings and will now move to the next stages of its work, including obtaining internal documents from the Toronto Police Service and then conducting interviews of key individuals.

On June 1, 6, and 13, 2011, the Review held three public hearings in Toronto. A number of individuals and organizations offered insight specifically on the Review's Terms of Reference and generally, on the role civilian oversight should play concerning the policing of major events, like the G20 Summit. The Review wishes to thank members of the public for their thoughtful input and ideas. The Review will continue to accept written submissions from members of the public until July 13, 2011. The submission form can be found on the Review's website: www.g20review.ca.

In addition, for the last several months, the Review has been examining thousands of documents in the Toronto Police Service's possession in order to identify which documents are relevant and require further review. In the next two weeks, the Review will submit its request for information to the Toronto Police Service for documents that relate to its Terms of Reference. The Review will then engage in a close analysis of the documents produced, and conduct interviews of the Chief of Police and members of the Police Services Board.

Once the document review phase is complete, the Review will provide an estimate as to when its final report and recommendations will be provided to the Board. The Review remains committed to conducting a thoughtful analysis of available information, and providing a report as soon as possible.

About the Review

The Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit was launched by the Toronto Police Services Board on September 23, 2010, as an independent, arms-length entity. The Review will examine issues concerning the role the Board played with respect to the policing of the G20 Summit that was held in Toronto on June 25-27, 2010. The Review will also examine the role played by the Toronto Police Service during the G20 Summit, with a view to determining whether the plans developed and implemented were adequate and effective for policing of the Summit. The Board appointed the Honourable John W. Morden, a former Associate Chief Justice of Ontario, to conduct the Review and provide a report and recommendations.


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For further information:

Ryan Teschner
Review Counsel
Heenan Blaikie LLP
T 416 643.6890   /   F 416 360.8425
rteschner@heenan.ca

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