The Colten Boushie case has brought jury composition squarely into public debate. Now, The Star has shown that Weston and Mount Dennis have profoundly “broken” jury lists that place far more white people than visible minorities on juries.
York South–Weston has the worst disparity in the city between population and jury representation. 95% of our residents are missing for the jury pool.
The jury rolls are drawn from property ownership lists, and “renters, boarders, students, seniors, spouses who are not named on property titles, transient and low-income people, Indigenous people and those unable to afford property” are often excluded.