New provincial rules may be coming for police and fire services

Posted on: February 21, 2018

Brian Turner

During the Feb. 20 Planning and Protection Committee session in Carleton Place, much discussion took place on two provincial proposals for new regulations covering fire and police services.

New rules are coming regarding fire fighter certifications, which may cause concerns and extra costs for some municipalities according to Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief Les Reynolds. However he says it “will not have a huge impact here in Carleton Place.”

The second issue involved a Queen’s Park initiative to restructure police service boards (PSBs) across the province.

The proposal would see local communities serviced by the Ontario Provincial Police represented by a single county PSB instead of the individual town and township commissions that now provide governance.

Montague Township forwarded a motion to all Lanark municipalities to seek support of their wish to ensure fair representation between urban and rural communities and to eliminate the practice of the province appointing its own choices to make up part of PSB membership.

Council voted to support this motion in principal.