Support For Ground-breaking Civil Forfeiture Law
An extraordinary Civil Remedies case has ended with thousands of forfeited bicycles and other property going to youth across the province including a remote First Nations community in Northern Ontario and at-risk youth in Toronto neighbourhoods. Here's what people are saying about how these assets are being put to good use:
"This is an opportunity to benefit at-risk children and youth by promoting healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, useful skills and social responsibility."
- Glenn Murray, MPP Toronto Centre
"We're very pleased that the Ministry of the Attorney General used the Civil Remedies Act to forfeit the bicycles, and delighted that they will be given to so many children in our community. This was an enormous investigation for the Toronto Police Service; the fact that these children will have the opportunity for a healthy and active lifestyle is a welcome bonus."
- Chief William Blair, Toronto Police Service
"For far too many youth owning a bike is a distant dream. This donation is more than just bicycle power. It's about the power of growing responsible citizens. We are building a circle of citizenship wherein youth will learn to be part of a team, learn new skills to help others and enjoy the social benefits of planning and working together."
- Spiros Papathanasakis, Executive Director, Cabbagetown Youth Centre
"The Toronto Foundation for Student Success is pleased to have put bicycles and helmets into the hands of children in two priority neighbourhoods. This is a great community partnership between the provincial government and our Beyond 3:30 program.
- Jennifer Drummond, Toronto Foundation for Student Success
"Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win/The North-South Partnership for Children is pleased for this opportunity to benefit members living in remote communities in northwestern Ontario, in addition to youth in Toronto."
- Judy Finlay, Associate Professor and Special Advisor to Mamow-Sha-way-gi-kay-win/The North-South Partnership for Children
"Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon thanks the Attorney General for the opportunity to use these bicycles, components and accessories to help our organization's early intervention programming for at-risk youth and to prevent victimization."
- Tammy Bobyk, Executive Director Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon