The decision will see 129 officers and eight civilian staff moved to units including organized crime, anti-terrorism and drugs, according to an internal email obtained by the Toronto Star. Integrating them into these other divisions will “attain the most effective use of our existing resources,” the email said. (Toronto Star)
Talking point: The decision worries observers who believe financial crimes will increase in the unit’s absence. Garry Clement, former director of the RCMP’s proceeds of crime unit, argued that since a similar reorganization in B.C., there has been a profusion of money laundering in the province via casinos and real estate. The scale of the practice in B.C. led the federal government to announce a dedicated money-laundering task force in its last budget. A May 2019 C.D. Howe report found that Canada is likely missing almost all of the money-laundering activities in the country (estimated at $40 billion to $100 billion a year) because of loose requirements and lenient penalties.