TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - Charles Veitch is a filmmaker and journalist
from London, England. He came to Toronto on June 23, 2010 to film
satirical pieces about the G20 Summit.
On June 24, 2010, while standing near the security fence outside Union
Station with his camera crew, Mr. Veitch was approached by Toronto
Police. The police told him he had to stop filming because he was
"within 5 metres of this wall" and asked him to show his
identification. The police cited the "Public Works Act" for their
authority. Mr. Veitch responded by asking to see to the actual "paper
work law". The police responded by arresting him, interrogating him
for hours, detaining him overnight, and charging him under the Public Works Protection Act. Only one other person was charged.
The police had no legal authority to do this. As we now know, the Public Works Protection Act and Ontario Regulation 233/10 only allowed the police to arrest those
who failed to show identification while entering or attempting to enter the security zone. The "5-metre rule" was a complete fiction. To make
matters worse, the Ontario Government deliberately kept Ontario
Regulation 233/10 secret from the public when it was passed into law.
This was unconstitutional.
Not surprisingly, the Public Works Protection Act charge was later dropped in court.
But that was not the end of it. On June 29, 2010, as Mr. Veitch was at
Pearson Airport getting ready to fly home to London, three Peel
Regional Police officers tracked him down at the request of the Toronto
Police and arrested him for personating a peace officer because he had
satirically told a private security guard days earlier that he was from
"British Military Intelligence". Again, the police had no legal
authority to do this. The offence of personating a peace officer only
applies to those who impersonate a Canadian peace officer.
Not surprisingly, the charge was again dropped in court.
Mr. Veitch is bringing a civil action against Toronto Police, Peel
Regional Police, and the Ontario Government for the violations of his
constitutional rights. He is represented by Clayton Ruby and Brian
Shiller from the law firm, Ruby Shiller Chan.
Please attend a press conference announcing this civil suit at 11:00
a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Ruby Shiller Chan's office at 11
Prince Arthur Avenue in Toronto. Clayton Ruby will be in attendance
and Charles Veitch will be appearing by Skype from London, England.
SOURCE Clayton Ruby
For further information:
please contact Mr. Ruby's assistant, Mandy Machin, at (416) 964-9664.