Current Issues

The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, and Senator Claude Carignan, announced legislation to end the early release of criminals and increase offender accountability, while strengthening the rights of victims.  Among other key reforms, the proposed legislation would abolish the current system of Accelerated Parole Review, which allows those convicted of “non-violent offenses” […]

Under the current system “pardons” are granted almost automatically. The new system would allow a “record suspension” in more limited circumstances – much more limited, in cases of serious crime – and it would make a record suspension impossible for anyone convicted of a sex offence against a child.

The proposed legislation would:

  • eliminate “pardons” and replace with a more restrictive and narrowly worded “record suspension”; […]

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Honourable Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Senator, today announced the introduction of legislation to help protect children from online sexual exploitation, by requiring suppliers of Internet services to report online child pornography. Justice Canada.

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The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act would amend the State Immunity Act to lift immunity for states listed by the Government of Canada as supporters of terrorism. It would also permit victims to claim and recover damages from those who perpetrate or support terror. Justice Canada.

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Toward a Greater Respect for Victims in the Corrections and Conditional Release Act” urges the Government of Canada to provide victims of crime with enhanced and legislated rights.  The report makes 13 recommendations to the Government of Canada to strengthen victims’ rights that touch on:

  • the inclusion of basic victim principles in the CCRA; […]

The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Senator, announce proposed legislative amendments to strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Data Bank. Justice Canada.

The proposed amendments would ensure that:

  • convicted sex offenders are automatically included in the Registry; […]

Entitled “Sebastien’s Law“, these amendments make the protection of society a primary goal; simplify the rules to keep violent and repeat young offenders off the streets while awaiting trial; require the courts to consider adult sentences for youth convicted of the most serious crimes (murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault); […]