Movement Defence Committee

Information on picking up property for arrestees

The property office at the Metro West Detention Centre (111 Disco Rd. Rexdale, Ont. M9W 5L6, 416-675-1806) is open noon to 4. If you are released from a court in Toronto, your property will be sent to that detention centre, East wing property office. You can pick up property for someone else with a signed permission form and can get to Metro West via transit from Kipling subway station by taking the 45A or 112C buses. Our best understanding is that they won't be open on 'Canada Day'.

Appeal for broad political support for the G20 arrestees

June 27, 2010, 3:00pm

The MDC’s Summit Legal Support Project is appealing to the movements it supports to mobilize a show of political strength and solidarity for the nearly 500 people arrested in the last four days. The Toronto Police and the ISU appear to have lost control of their ‘prisoner processing center’, denying arrestees meaningful and timely access to counsel while beating and arresting those peacefully protesting their detention outside.

URGENT: warning re. increased police powers near the security zone

Under the Ontario Public Works Protection Act, the area inside and within 5 metres of the security perimeter (as seen on this map: has been designated as a ‘public work’ from June 21st to 28th, 2010.

This means that police officers have the power to require anyone entering or attempting to enter or approaching the public work “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”.

The police may also “search, without warrant, any person entering or attempting to enter a public work”. The police can also search “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”.

Have you been ticketed?

We have already heard reports about police issuing tickets (for jaywalking and other non-criminal offences) to anti-G20 organizers and demonstrators.
If you receive a Provincial Offences Act ticket, follow the instructions to choose the trial option (identified as option #3 on the back of your ticket). You will receive a notice of your trial date after several months.
If you receive a Summons, contact us for assistance with locating a lawyer.
If a large number of tickets are issued during the G20 mobilization, the MDC will hold a workshop on ticket defence. More info on fighting tickets will be made available soon.


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