If I were Stephen Harper, I’d sit up and pay attention. Frances Nunziata has written to the PM asking for his help—and I’m pretty sure our fair councillor can be a fearsome opponent.
Nunziata has been championing a cell phone registry that would deactivate stolen devices entirely and make them much less valuable. Right now in Canada, a stolen phone can be used with a simple switch of the SIM card inside–and SIM cards are cheap as chips. This has led to a rash of muggings in our riding and across the city, as cretins and thugs commit hold ups–often of children–to get their phones. Many other countries have registries that prevent the reactivation of phones reported stolen.
The Toronto Police Services Board supported Frances Nunziata’s request, and reviewed her letter to the PM today. It said, in part:
I am writing to advise you of a motion that I recently introduced at a Toronto Police Services Voard meeting, to curb cell phone robberies. The motion calls on [you] to introduce legislation that would compel cellular phone service providers to provide technology that would permit the disabling of stolen cell phones….
The motion received unanimous consent from not only the Toronto Police Services Board, but also unanimous consent at the Canadian Association of Police Boards’ AGM earlier this month. I hope that you will support this initiative as well by introducing the appropriate legislation.
Mike Sullivan, our MP, has been putting pressure on the feds and the CRTC with a motion in the House that would force the providers to build the database. The CRTC has asked the telcos to get hopping.