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Black Canadians and Indigenous Peoples are targeted by racial profiling in police street checks.
Police street checks, often referred to as “carding”, is the police practice of stopping, questioning and documenting people suspected of a crime.
The practice of street checks is proven to disproportionately affect Black and Indigenous Peoples in Canada:
- 79% of Toronto’s young Black men report having been stopped by the police in public spaces (2017) 
- Indigenous Peoples were 15% of those carded in Vancouver, despite making up just 2% of residents (2008-2017) 
- Black Vancouver residents were 4% of those carded, despite making up less than 1% of city residents (2008-2017)
- Black people in Halifax were six times more likely to be street checked than white people (2019) 
- Black and Indigenous Montrealers are 4 to 5 times more likely to be stopped by police than white residents 
The United Nations reports that “racial profiling is endemic in the strategies and practices used by [Canadian] law enforcement.” For example, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has condemned “a lack of legal basis for police stopping or detaining Black civilians in the first place; inappropriate or unjustified searches during encounters; and unnecessary charges or arrests.”
Street checks have a very damaging and lasting impact on Black and Indigenous Peoples, including a loss of educational and employment opportunities, stigmatization, psychological damage and increased risk of wrongful death at the hands of police.
The UN recommends “that the practice of carding, or street checks, and all other forms of racial profiling be discontinued.”
Momentum is building against this harmful, racist practice. Street checks were recently banned in Nova Scotia. In Vancouver, the mayor announced his intention to end the practice in that city. However, despite the recognised racial bias in street checks, they continue to be used in many Canadian jurisdictions.
No one should be a target. It's time to put an end to the damaging, racist practice of police street checks.
 UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to Canada
As leader of the Green Party of Canada, I will fight to ensure that the racist practice of carding is ended. I need your support to ensure action on this urgent issue.
We, the undersigned, are calling on police services across Canada to immediately ban police street checks.
Canadian men who have sex with men (MSM) are effectively banned from giving blood in Canada. Despite years of promises from the Liberal government, sexually active gay, bisexual and other male identifying persons, as well as trans women still have to wait 3 months after having sex with other men before giving blood.
The Blood Ban is not scientific: it is discrimination.
There is no scientific evidence to support the Blood Ban. Donated blood is already tested for HIV, and all demographics are susceptible to the virus . There is no explanation for this ban beyond unfounded fear, and it serves as an unwelcome reminder of a time of homophobic AIDS hysteria. For instance, a gay man in a monogamous relationship is banned from giving blood, while a heterosexual man with multiple partners is not.
Agencies such as Canadian Blood Services are allowing homophobia to stand in the way of public health. Not only is the Blood Ban founded on a faulty homophobic principle, it has led to a critical shortage in the Canadian blood supply . This is particularly detrimental during COVID-19, as the pandemic has led to further blood donation shortages .
Until the Blood Ban is eliminated, Canada is not an equal place for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, nor is the Canadian healthcare system equitable. Allowing fear and hate to supersede science sends a strong message that Canada is not the inclusive place that it claims to be.
The Liberal government has promised time and time again to remove the discriminatory Blood Ban. Justin Trudeau promised he would do so in the 2015 election, yet almost 5 years later, the Blood Ban continues to prevent MSM and other marginalized groups from participating equally in the blood donation system.
Canada needs a strong leader who will not back down. During the 2019 election, I ran in Toronto Centre, the largest 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Canada. I called on the government to eliminate the Blood Ban in interviews with CBC, in debates with Minister Bill Morneau and on social media. As Green Party leader, I will continue to pressure HEMA Quebec, Health Canada and Canadian Blood Services to end the discriminatory Blood Ban.
We can achieve our goal, if we come together and apply pressure. We can’t allow the crucial promise to end the Blood Ban to be forgotten in the COVID-19 chaos, especially as the pandemic may increase the need for blood donations.
Donated blood saves lives. MSM have been waiting 34 years for equality. Will you join me in demanding the removal of the Blood Ban?
To HEMA Quec, Health Canada, and Canadian Blood Services:
We cannot allow fear and hate to stand in the way of public health. Canada deserves evidence-based policy. A potential second wave of COVID19 infections will require a greater need for blood donations and we can no longer afford to wait. We call on you and the government to immediately remove the 3-month abstinence period imposed on gay and bisexual men and trans women in order to end the anti-scientific, homophobic Blood Ban.