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     Ontario slashes funding for controversial TAVIS police program

September 10, 2015
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The Ontario government has announced dramatic funding cuts for the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), the controversial police unit launched after the so-called “summer of the gun” in 2005. A statement from the office of Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi confirmed that the annual funding for TAVIS will be reduced to 2.5 million dollars, down from 5 million. Critics of TAVIS say the program has enabled police to target some communities more than others, and has made the practice of carding more commonplace. Former Mayor John Sewell is with the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition (TPAC) and believes this is a step forward. The statement from Naqvi's office adds that despite the budget cuts, police funding overall will increase and there will be a greater focus on other unspecified policing programs. (Image source: CBC)

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