If you ever wanted to photograph or film the police while out in public here is what you can do and what they can/ can not do in Canada! I found this very informative.
The Ottawa Citizen has a very good editorial on the practice of police intimidation of citizens who use their cellphone cameras and other devices to record the police.
Here's a summary of what Canadians should know about this:
- There is no law in Canada that prevents a member of the public from taking photographs or video in a public place (other than some limitations related to sensitive defense installations);
- There is no law in Canada that prevents a member of the public from taking photographs or video of a police officer executing his or her duties in public or in a location lawfully controlled by the photographer (in fact, police officers have no privacy rights in public when executing their duties);
- Preventing a person from taking photos or video is a prima facie infringement of a person's Charter rights;
- You cannot interfere with a police officer's lawful execution of his or her duties, but taking photos or videos does not, in and of itself, constitute interference;
- A police officer cannot take your phone or camera simply for recording him or her, as long as you were not obstructing;
- These privileges are not reserved to media -- everyone has these rights;
- A police officer cannot make you unlock your phone to show him or her your images; and
- A police officer cannot make you delete any photos. ( I got this from the Canadian Privacy Law Blog and wanted to share with everyone in Canada.)