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What are the Impacts of Police Carding Policies?

June 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


To Serve and Protect is the noble duty of our Toronto police force. They put their lives on the line for their work to keep Toronto a safe place for the rest of us. This important role in our society guarantees that their public interactions garner focus and attention.

In an effort to keep communities safer, Toronto Police began what is now a controversial program of carding – the process of stopping someone to record their personal information such as name, address and telephone number.  Research into the program revealed that black kids are targeted disproportionately.

While police defend the policy, the effects of racism, whether real or perceived, do have lasting impacts on communities. This issue affects different groups disproportionately and also relates to the effectiveness of police policy. One of the few ways we have of addressing its negative aspects it is to bring it into the realm of public discussion.

On June 16 we invite you to join us at the Duke of York Pub (39 Prince Arthur Avenue) to discuss some of the more problematic aspects that arise due to police carding.

We are excited to invite Kwesi Marcel from the Police Literary Initiative, professor Wilburn Hayden of York University, and defence lawyer Ari Goldkind to speak on the topic of police carding and its impact on communities. Kwesi, a practicing lawyer, is lifelong member of the Jane & Finch community. He has volunteered his time to highlight how the conduct of the Toronto Police force can sometimes contribute to a culture that sees minority communities as second class citizens. Professor Hayden has a distinguished career of university teaching, academic leadership, and social work practice. His scholarship has been complemented by extensive community practice as well as professional credentials that include the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Ari is a practicing defence lawyer in Toronto whose clients include many of the people directly affected by the carding policy.

We look forward to your questions and discussion.


Doors Open 7:00. Discussion begins promptly at 7:30.


June 16, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Duke of York
39 Prince Arthur Ave
Toronto, ON Canada
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