Up until now, in Canada, no person has been under obligation to talk to or show ID to the police unless they are being arrested for having broken the law. However, the Canadian government has used the excuse of the G20 meeting in Toronto to sneakily pass a law that offers a loophole to those wishing to violate Canadians’ constitutional rights in the name of stepped-up security.
What the clever bastards did was convene a 5-member cabinet meeting to ammend an obscure existing law in order to designate part of Toronto as a Public Work so that police could have authority, under the Public Works Act, to search and demand ID of anyone entering the premises. In accordance with the law, the public was ‘notified’. However, this was not with an announcement on the evening news, but with the law change being published on an obscure government website, ensure rather that the only people to whose attention this would come would be those who regularly peruse this online publication. And indeed, all 5 readers were made aware.
So, to the tourists, I say ‘Welcome to Canada. Make sure to bring your toothbrush and camera, but leave your human dignity at home’.
One of the first victims of this act was Charlie Veitch, British citizen, maker of online films and founder of the ‘Love Police’. He was detained, debased, and thoroughly dehumanized for nearly 20 hours for refusing to show his ID while bullhorning in Toronto, singing the Star Wars theme to a gaggle of private security corps members.