Toronto Police Services Board Welcomes New Board Member, Elects Chair and Vice-Chair, Approves Additional Budget Request for Missing Persons Review
TORONTO: At its January 22, 2020 meeting, the Toronto Police Services Board announced the appointment of Mr. Ainsworth Morgan; elected its Chair and Vice-Chair; and approved a funding request for the Independent Missing Persons Review.
SWEARING-IN OF NEW BOARD MEMBER
Appointed by the Province of Ontario for a term of three years, Mr. Morgan attended his first Board meeting on January 22, 2020 where he was officially sworn in as a Member. Mr. Morgan is currently a Principal in the Toronto District School Board and serves on the Board of Directors for White Ribbon Canada, an organization that engages men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence by promoting equity and transforming social norms.
Following a career as a professional football player in the Canadian Football League, Mr. Morgan completed his B.Ed. and M.Ed, and returned to Regent Park, where he had spent his childhood, to begin his career in education. His approach to teaching has been premised on facilitating equitable access to education, which prompted him to accept a secondment as the Academic Coordinator with the Pathways To Education Program - Regent Park, a charitable organization created to reduce poverty and increase access to post-secondary education among disadvantaged youth in Canada. In 2012, Mr. Morgan co-founded the 100 Strong Foundation — a mentoring and advocacy group for Black boys between the ages of 11 to 14. He currently sits as the Chair of Education for the Foundation’s Strong Academy, a summer program designed to build resilience, confidence, and life skills.
The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Morgan and benefitting from the unique and critical insights he will bring as both a noted leader in education and a dedicated community-builder.
ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
As required by the Police Services Act, the Board elected its Chair at the first meeting of the year. Jim Hart was elected by the Board, and the Board also re-elected Marie Moliner as its Vice-Chair.
Mr. Hart has spent the majority of his career working for the City of Toronto in a variety of areas, including the City Manager’s Office, Municipal Licensing and Standards, and finally, as the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, retiring from that position in 2014. In June 2017, Mr. Hart was appointed to City of Toronto Council as the representative for Ward 44 – Scarborough East, to complete the term of the late Councillor Ron Moeser. While a Councillor, Mr. Hart served on the Toronto Police Services Board, including as its Vice-Chair. Following his time on Council, Mr. Hart was appointed by the City to the Board, and has been serving as its Interim Chair.
Marie Moliner, lawyer and former Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, recently retired as Regional Director General for the federal Department of Canadian Heritage. Trilingual. She is past Chair of the Centre for Social Innovation, a former United Way Toronto Board Trustee, and past Deputy Director at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. She has served on several advisory boards, including Civic Action. During her eight years on the Toronto Police Services Board, Ms. Moliner has focussed on transparency, accountability, and street checks. Originally appointed to the Board in 2012, Ms. Moliner is currently the Board’s longest serving Member.
REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL BUDGET FUNDING FOR MISSING PERSONS INVESTIGATIONS
The Board also considered a report outlining a request from the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Persons Investigations for additional budget funds. With the previous Board-approved expansion of the Review’s Terms of Reference to include matters associated with the Bruce McArthur case, the Review determined that it requires an additional $1,000,000 to complete its work. Through its counsel, the Review assured the Board that the Review will meet its final report deadline of January 2021 and that no further increases to the Review’s budget will be sought. With the Board approving this request, this matter will now be referred to the City’s Budget Committee for consideration during the City’s 2020 Budget process.
The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto, setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service, approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.