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Guilty until proven Innocent?

Perhaps you have heard of our provincial government's move to make their lives easier when dealing with any alleged Highway Traffic Act offences not involving injury, death or incarceration. Described as amendments to the Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) if you are given a ticket you are guilty as charged with no option to defend yourself. In other words the officer is always right! Pay the fine on the internet and shut up. Your only recourse would be to “discuss” the amount of the penalty and perhaps demerit points with a designated independent arbiter. You are always guilty but you can dispute the amount of the penalty.


Take a moment to read Jim Kenzie's June 27 article about AMP in the Toronto Star:
AMP up opposition to this shocking development

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If you feel as I do about your rights, you MUST contact your MPP and make your displeasure known. Sitting on the sidelines says you agree. Look up your local MPP Here: MPP Addresses and Contact Information

You can also contact our Attorney General:
Ministry of the Attorney General

McMurtry-Scott Building
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 2S9

poa-amp.feedback@ontario.ca


Here is the note I sent to my MPP:


Good Afternoon.
 
Hopefully you are familiar with the changes to the AMP that are either being suggested or are already in place. I have searched the internet and have been unable to find out just where this stands. Can you tell me?
 
Obviously I and anyone else concerned with our legal rights, objects to this unfair method of handling alleged HTA infractions. Taking away a citizens right to defend him or herself is Wrong and certainly does not live up to Premier Wynns promise of "promoting fairness and access to justice."
 
As my MPP please be clear that everyone in my family objects to this unfair method denying Ontario residents the right to defend themselves and be found not guilty.
 
Sincerely,
Bob McJannett
87 Advance Road
Toronto ON M8Z 2S6


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  • I wrote a letter to poa-amp.feedback@ontario.ca to give them my negative feedback, this was the reply I received:

    “We appreciate the time you have taken to share your concerns about the Ministry’s consultation paper about creating an online administrative monetary penalty (AMP) system for certain Provincial Offences Act charges.

    The ministry released its public consultation paper in order to obtain the views of the public about new system and what it might look like. We have not made any decisions about a new system, such as the exact details of how this system would work, or who the decision-maker would be.

    If the government moves forward with implementing a new system, it will honour the protections that the law requires to ensure just and fair outcomes for Ontarians. Persons wishing to dispute provincial infractions are entitled to a fair process. They are entitled to receive and challenge the evidence against them and entitled to make a defence. The matter must be resolved by an impartial decision-maker. Any new system would have to withstand the scrutiny of the courts.

    Now that we have received input, the ministry can use this valuable information to create a more detailed and focused proposal, and determine the process for additional engagement."

    Ryan McMartin on

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