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September 18, 2008
Media Advisory - Multi-sectoral summit on Bill 103 on the new public complaints process under the Police Services Act
The following is being distributed on behalf of the Multi-sectoral Summit on Bill 103, hosted by Scadding Court Community Centre.

Over 100 delegates from the community, police services, government, universities and other stakeholders will participate in a three day dialogue from September 24 to 26, 2008 on accessibility, accountability, transparency and public education in relation to Ontario’s new police complaints system under Bill 103: An Act to establish an Independent Police Review Director and create a new public complaints process by amending the Police Services Act.

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Time: Summit Opening at 9 a.m.
Location: 89 Chestnut Street

The Bill 103 Summit will be opened by Mayor David Miller and Attorney General Chris Bentley.

The primary purpose of the Bill 103 Summit is to provide input on the preparation of regulations to Gerry McNeilly, the newly appointed Independent Police Review Director, a guest speaker at the Summit. Other confirmed speakers include: Dr. Alok Mukherjee, Chair, Toronto Police Services Board; Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission; Dudley Laws, community activist, Dr. Margaret Beare, Osgoode Law School, Margaret Parsons, Executive Director, African Canadian Legal Clinic and George Cowley, Legal Director, Toronto Police Services.

In 2004, Scadding Court Community Centre initiated, CEAPC - Community Education and Access to Police Complaints - a demonstration project involving over 40 diverse organizations with the goal of improving public education and increasing community safety by enhancing the relationship between diverse communities and the police. The Summit has received financial support from the City of Toronto, Heritage Canada, the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Toronto Polices Services Board with in-kind support from the University of Toronto, Pro Bono Students Canada, Toronto Community Housing and CEAPC community partners.

Anita Balakrishna, Chair, Bill 103 Summit Steering Committee, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, Tel: (416) 487 6371 ext. 13,
Kevin Lee, Vice Chair, Bill 103 Summit Steering Committee, Scadding Court Community Centre
Tel: (416) 392-0335,
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, City Hall 416-392-6824,



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