Annual Report: Canada 2011

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May 28, 2011

Annual Report: Canada 2011

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Refugees

In June, Parliament passed the Balanced Refugee Reform Act, instituting an appeal for refused refugee claimants and introducing a safe country of origin list to be used for expediting some refugee claims.

In October, the government proposed legislation to crack down on human smuggling, which penalizes refugee claimants arriving in Canada in an "irregular" manner. The proposals included mandatory detention for one year without access to a detention review.

Policing and justice

In April, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police revised its policy, limiting the use of conducted energy devices to situations where individuals are "causing bodily harm" or "will imminently cause bodily harm."

Aron Firman died in June, after being stunned with a Taser by members of the Ontario Provincial Police in Collingwood, Ontario. Federal Guidelines for the Use of Conducted Energy Weapons, released in October, did not set a threshold of risk for Taser use.

In June, more than 1,000 people were arrested in Toronto during protests related to the G8 and G20 Summits. The federal and Ontario governments rejected calls for a comprehensive public inquiry.