You don't anymore.
Apparently the Ontario Government can take them away by stealth whenever they want. Oh sure, sure it's only for the summit weekend they say. How does that change the reality that this law was enacted without any debate in the legislature, with no public scrutiny and kept secret until last night? Oh right, it doesn't.
"The public has nothing to fear with this legislation and the way the police will use this legislation. It really comes down to a case of common sense and officer discretion." -- Sgt. Tim Burrows of the
G8/G20 Integrated Security Unit
From the Canadian Civil Liberties website:
CCLA has just learned that streets and sidewalks within the perimeter
of security zone have been designated under the Public
Works Protection Act. Importantly, this Act gives dire powers to
the “guards” of the public work: power to search without warrants,
obligation of visitors to state name and purpose of the visit, power to
deny entry. Most of these powers contradict current constitutional
safeguards. The Regulation which was not announced and has appeared on
e-laws and will be published in its regular form on July 3rd 2010. One
person has already been arrested under the Act, which provides:
A guard or peace officer,
(a) may require any person entering or attempting to enter any public
work or any approach thereto to furnish his or her name and
address, to identify himself or herself and to
state the purpose for which he or she desires to enter
the public work, in writing or otherwise;
(b) may search, without warrant, any person entering
or attempting to enter a public work or a vehicle in
the charge or under the control of any such person or which has recently
been or is suspected of having been in the charge or under the control
of any such person or in which any such person is a passenger; and
(c) may refuse permission to any person to enter a
public work and use such force as is necessary to prevent any such
person from so entering.
Every person who neglects or refuses to comply with a request or
direction made under this Act by a guard or peace officer, and every
person found upon a public work or any approach thereto without lawful
authority, the proof whereof lies on him or her, is guilty of an offence
and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $500 or to
imprisonment for a term of not more than two months, or to both.
CCLA is obviously extremely concerned about the implications of this
measure and will seek to challenge them.
WARNING : The new designation changes dramatically the advice
that lawyers may have been providing to protesters or the general public
if they find themselves at the proximity of the fenced area. Please
consult and write to us if you are concerned about this development.
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