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Media report on news conference criticizing shuttering of local courts

Ontario Public Service: Ministry of Attorney General

The CBC, the Toronto Sun and Newstalk 1010 are reporting on a Queen’s Park news conference April 21 at which advocates called out the Ministry of the Attorney General for amalgamating a number of Toronto courthouses into one location in downtown.

JP Hornick, President of OPSEU/SEFPO, Tony Loparco, president of the Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, Dana Fisher, local vice-president of the Society of United Professionals, and Nigel Barriffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, hosted the conference.

They said shuttering courthouses in North York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough and creating a new courthouse downtown will put a disproportionately high strain on Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

Among the key issues raised were concerns the new plan would create a barrier to justice for marginalized groups, make the new courthouse at 10 Armoury Street near City Hall a target, and concentrate justice workers in one building. President Hornick and the other critics recommend the Ford government turn the new Toronto facility into a unified family courthouse.