The Coalition Justice For Levi Schaeffer newsletter

Towards Justice.




A press conference and speaking event


Thursday, August 12th, 2010

7pm- 8pm

at the Peterborough Public Library

345 Aylmer St.,


Please join us to learn more about:

The O.P.P. shooting death of a Peterborough man, Levi Schaeffer

How this case related to wider issues of citizen's rights in an atmosphere of police impunity

His family and community’s struggle for justice and accountability

The related legal battle between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Special Investigations Unit

Speakers will include:

Levi Schaeffer, Levi’s mother

Sara Schaeffer, Levi’s sister

Elaine McCarthy: Coalition for Justice for Levi

Rachelle Sauve: Coalition for Justice for Levi


Hope to see you there.


Justice for Levi: Justice for Us All

For more information email or call Miriam at 705 749-1588 or Myles at 748-6857



The Coalition Justice for Levi announces a Supreme Court of Canada decision, released on June 28, 2012, to grant leave to appeal to police who are unsatisfied with a November, 2011 Ontario Superior Court of Appeal decision ruling that the police practice of lawyer note vetting should not be permitted. Canada’s highest court has granted extra time to prepare a leave to cross appeal to Special Investigations Unit Director Ian Scott and his legal team. The court has ruled that at this stage, police bodies seeking intervener status are not permitted.

No date has yet been set, but it is likely that the Supreme Court of Canada will hear this case in early 2013. The Schaeffer’s and the Minty’s- the families of two men fatally shot by O.P.P. in June of 2009 who brought an application to the courts in the fall of 2009 to ask that the matter of lawyer note vetting be resolved- continue now, as they have for over three years, to seek justice for their dead sons and brothers. Awareness raising and fundraising campaigns and efforts continue in order to support these families’ ardent efforts. Please check out ‘justice for levi’ on youtube, or contact the Coalition Justice For Levi at to learn more, to donate or to find out how you can help.



Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 The Coalition Justice for Levi and the Schaeffer family are delighted to announce and to celebrate a landmark decision by Ontario’s highest court released Tuesday, November 15th. In the decision, the three party panel ruled unanimously that police involved in an SIU investigation are not permitted "to have lawyers vet their notes or to assist them in preparation of their notes." The Schaeffer family, along with the family of Douglas Minty launched an application in Ontario’s courts in November of 2009. They asked the courts to determine whether the O.P.P. conduct of lawyer vetting of police notes by officers prior to submitting their notes to the S.I.U. was or was not permitted by statute and regulation. Today’s decision now brings legal, crystal clarity to the matters. The Coalition Justice for Levi is elated that the courts have applied their ability and responsibility to examine, scrutinize, and make firm determination on these matters. The dysfunction of a severely compromised public oversight and investigation system inflicts an extraneous injury and harm on those families and communities that must already grieve the loss of a loved one. It is hoped that this decision may spare others in the future who must already suffer the loss of a loved one at the hands of police but need not suffer the painful compounding of this pain with an egregious secondary harm. The court’s decision to award 100,00 dollars in costs to the appellants who have incurred years of crippling legal costs is to be celebrated, but should be held in light of the reality that it should never, ever have been left to pocketbooks or sacrifice of the families of those killed by police to bring these matters to light. The deep problems festering in the ambiguities of the relationship between the O.P.P., the S.I.U. and the law have long been elucidated in reports commissioned by the Attorney General’s office and an Ontario Ombudsman. Though awarded court costs now bring some relief, legal fundraising must nonetheless continue to meet substantial outstanding legal costs. The Coalition Justice for Levi is encouraged by the court’s decision. This decision upholds and strengthens the legal ability for public parties to access the powers of the courts and to ask those courts to examine and interpret questions of police accountability as they relate to law and public interest. Today’s decision balances the need to protect the legal right of police officers to access council while equally ensuring the public that police officers may not breach the law as wrote because of internal policy or adherence to customary conduct or police culture. This is one step towards clarifying the boundaries of enhanced rights conferred upon police and a step towards using a legal framework to limit and safeguard the public against a rising atmosphere of police impunity. To each and every person that has helped us with this campaign over these last years: thankyou. Your support, solidarity and resources have empowered Ontario families to challenge and effect a substantive change in the real workings between police and the public. You are all really, really shiny super stars. We still need your help fundraising and linking this struggle and success to an ever growing grassroots movement dedicated to a vigilant dismantling of abusive police power… We need justice for all communities, not police impunity. In joy, thanks and celebration, On behalf of the Coalition Justice for Levi, Rachelle Sauvé Here is the release FROM the Schaeffer/Minty lawyers site ... November 15, 2011- Schaeffer/Minty Police Notes Case In a landmark judgment released today, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has determined once and for all that police officers are prohibited from having lawyers assist them in the preparation of their notes when a member of the public is fatally shot by the police. The case culminates a two year legal battle being waged by two families whose mentally disabled family members were shot and killed by O.P.P. officers in two unrelated shootings. Court of Appeal Decision. November 15, 2011 Falconer Charney Press Advisory. November 15, 2011 Families' Factum on Appeal. March 15, 2011 S.I.U. News Release. November 15, 2011 Click here to view factums of all parties & intervenors In the News "Lawyers can't vet officers' notes in SIU cases, court rules." November 15, 2011 "No lawyer vetting of notes for investigations of police court." November 15, 2011 "Ontario top court rules police under SIU probe cannot have lawyer vet notes." November 15, 2011 "Ont. court says lawyers can't help police write notes." November 15, 2011 "Ontario court ruling a win for families of people killed by officers." November 15, 2011 Further Documents on Schaeffer/Minty case

Cornered.. a play about the edges. And justice for levi fundraiser.

Please come out and enjoy a thought provoking performance by local writer / performer Gillian Turnham also featuring Michael Morritt and Shannon Culkeen.

"As Ramona and her drug dealer stumble togeather into a fantastic elastic sexy game for two, when the very nature of being is cast into question, as they increasingly struggle to find a stable foothold in the territory between fantasy and real life."
Dress for the weather this one act performance is outside.
Complementary hot tea will be provided.
Meet up at Renegade Apparel at 7pm for five nights of performance from Tuesday Nov 2 to Saturday Nov 6. Parking is available in the Fitzgerald fuels lot on Bethune st just south of Hunter St.W
This event is pay what you can but we really need to raise a lot of money so we ask that you be as generous as possible. Suggested donation $10.

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