On July 18, 2022, TNG Community Services was honoured to team up with Peacebuilders Canada to present the op-ed City hall needs to make real progress on community safety and policing in Toronto by Bill Sinclair and Marlon Merraro in The Toronto Star. Read it here.

The Neighbourhood Group’s Advocacy Committee focuses on expanding the reach of the key messages put forward in Reimagining Community Safety – a Step Forward for Toronto, a collaboration of like-minded leaders across the city, led by Toronto Neighbourhood Centres.

This report, released in January, 2021, shines a light on the over-policing of Black, racialized and Indigenous people as well as youth, those experiencing homelessness, people facing gender-based violence and the LGBTQ2S+ community. The recommendations propose concrete, proven alternatives that keep communities safer, at a far lower cost (as pointed out by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association). This shift mirrors the feeling shared by many who envision a new way of protecting those who are vulnerable. Being homeless or dealing with mental health challenges is not a crime.

We are asking you to stand up with us, share your lived experience and lend your support to this growing movement.


Together we will:

    • Find solutions to protect overpoliced and stigmatized people
    • Engage your community and make our neighbourhoods safe
    • Ask City Councillors to reallocate resources to broaden community-based supports and send the right people to respond in a crisis




STEP ONE:  Get familiar and read Rethinking Community Safety – a Step Forward for Toronto

STEP TWO:  Understand the immediate timetable – we are focusing on the upcoming Council vote in January and February.


Find your Councillor

Sample Letter to Your Councillor

Sample Social Media Posts

Rethinking Community Safety – a Step Forward for Toronto

Background and Facts

PowerPoint Presentation 

Organizing Around an Issue

Rethink Policing Logos

Watch these impactful videos produced by photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Allen Agostino.


Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC) is available to help organize, facilitate and support community discussions around safety, alternatives to policing and civic engagement.

Reach out to :

Click here to download TNC’s excellent series of resources based on their Community Safety Convos Series.

Launch of Rethink Policing Event – July 28, 2021 

A bold, insightful discussion with community leaders including Nicki Casseres, Coordinator of Training and Education, Gerstein Crisis Centre, Nadine Casemore, The 519 Coordinator, Anti-Violence Initiatives,  Monica Samuel, Founder & Executive Director of Black Women in Motion and Lemme Shafi, Post Graduate Student and Youth Program Volunteer.

Moderated by A. Gregory Frankson, Voice Share founder with youth participation led by Delina Efrem

Land acknowledgement:  Janie Cooper-Wilson

Video produced by photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Allen Agostino

Call to Action from Sean Meagher, Coordinator of ConveneToronto

Remarks from Shannon McCauley, The Neighbourhood Group Board member and Ingrid Palmer, Director of Networks and Relationships at Toronto Neighbourhood Centres

Spoken Word ‘What’s New’ by Jonathan Arefaine

Watch the Launch of Rethink Policing Event and click here for the transcript


Race & Identity Based Data Collection Strategy
Understanding Use of Force & Strip Searches in 2020
Detailed Report

Toronto Police Service, 2022

Rethinking Community Safety | A Step Forward For Toronto
Toronto Neighbourhood Centres et al, 2021

Systemic Racism in Policing in Canada
Report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security
House of Commons, 2021

Racial Disparity in Arrests and Charges
Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2020

A Disparate Impact: Second interim report on the inquiry into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service
Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2020



This Rethink Policing Toolkit will be constantly reviewed and refreshed.

Stay in touch and share your ideas so we can add them to the toolkit. We look forward to your input.


Serena Nudel (she/her)
Director of Community Programs
The Neighbourhood Group Community Services
91 Bellevue Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2N8
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