Despite the rise of the defund the police movement and widespread support for reinvesting funds in health-affirming public and community services, police budgets are up across Canada.
As cities across Canada begin the budget process for 2023, police forces continue to ask for more money, officers, weapons and equipment. Meanwhile, emergency rooms are overloaded, the housing crisis continues and inflation makes basic goods unaffordable.
In response to public pushback and major inquiries, police and their unions are exerting ever more political influence. Join The Breach’s El Jones as she hosts activists and scholars from across Canada for a national conversation about strategies for organizing against police budgets.