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Public Safety committee  We don't have a category for racially based complaints, but we do routinely make findings and recommendations in our reports that speak to the importance of cultural sensitivity within indigenous populations.

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  No it is not, but it doesn't mean that we wouldn't address the issue.

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  Yes, you're correct. The Privacy Act is the main reason why we do not do that, but if you go to our website, you will notice that we have begun to publish summaries of the complaints that we have received. We are going to continue doing that, going forward, to increase the transp

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  Yes, as you point out, we have done translation into many different languages. The best way that we can make the system more accessible is through increased public education and outreach. You are correct that when you look at that flow chart on our website, it can be highly confu

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  I think your idea is definitely worthy of consideration. There's no doubt that we need to do greater consultation. The other thing I need to highlight as well is that our process is a remedial process. Really, the focus is on identifying issues with policies, procedures and tra

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  The commission does have agreements in place with the translation bureau, where if an individual wishes to make a complaint and we do not have access to the individual's mother tongue, we do three-way calls with the translation bureau, between our intake officer and the individua

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  No, I'm not at all making that conclusion. As I indicated in my remarks, one thing the commission has noted is that indigenous people do not make use of the public complaints system. That is an issue for us that we need to work on. The best way to work on it is through better pub

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  I'll be able to provide you with those statistics afterwards. I don't have them at my fingertips right now. I can tell you that the commission is very diverse. In terms of gender balance, we're approximately 55% women, as a matter of fact, here at the commission, and we have a

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  On the commission right now in terms of policing, we do have some staff members who are former police officers. I must point out our role, though. We are civilian oversight. We take that very seriously. The most important thing from a staff perspective is that the staff of the co

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  I believe there would be value in having a member of the commission who is indigenous—and just to clarify, we're called members, not commissioners. I also believe, yes, we would be strengthened by having indigenous investigators. That said, my investigative team at the commissi

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  The number of complaints that we receive on a yearly basis is between 3,000 and 3,500. The categories of allegations we have do not include discrimination or racism, but I can tell you that over the course of the last five years we've received 76 complaints that deal with racism,

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  We're tracking it because the individuals indicate that they believe they've been discriminated against based upon race or culture or religion. The individuals actually come out, and oftentimes with complaints with respect to officer conduct or perhaps a negative attitude. The in

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  I would point out to you that the commission's authorities are the same authorities as you would have with a commission of inquiry. What that means is that we have the authority to make findings and recommendations. Those findings and recommendations are then sent to the commissi

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  By having the commissioner report on the status of the implementation of those recommendations, that's going to increase the accountability. Right now, what's happening is that many of those reports are awaiting a response. The reason we, or I, chose at the commission to releas

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie

Public Safety committee  I would say it was something we came to jointly. Both organizations realized there would be value in our having an MOU. The commission has existed for almost 35 years. We've never had an MOU with the RCMP, although it has been in the legislation. We felt that it was time to mov

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Michelaine Lahaie