A bill that presents a shift in how security is conducted at courthouses, electrical generating facilities and nuclear plants across Ontario goes into affect Monday, leaving one legal expert wondering if the new measures are overblown.
Bill 35, Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, grants officers at courthouses the right to search people entering without a warrant. If someone refuses a request to be searched, she or he can face fines or imprisonment.
Courthouses, electrical generating facilities and nuclear plants aren’t the only places that are seeing amped up security measures.
Starting Sept. 14, anyone attending public meetings in Calgary’s council chambers will be subjected to security screenings that includes metal detectors and a bag search by guards. Those new measures are said to cost $100,000.
Physical pat downs won’t be performed and shoes, belts and jackets don’t have to be removed.
At the Ottawa courthouse, X-rays and metal