Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 12, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 12, 2014

Harvey Cenaiko, chairperson of the Parole Board of Canada, discusses how Bill C-489 might affect the board. Conservative MP Mark Warawa’s private member’s bill would impose a number of restrictions on offenders released from prison. It would prohibit child sexual offenders from living or coming within two kilometres of a victim’s home. All criminal offenders subject to parole or conditional sentences will also be under strict conditions not to contact their victim, unless the victim consents or if there are exceptional circumstances. Committee members conduct their clause-by-clause review of the bill after hearing from the witness.
Conservative Senator Bob Runciman then presents his bill that he hopes will reduce violence against bus and taxi drivers. Bill S-221 would amend the Criminal Code to require a court to consider it an aggravating circumstance for the purposes of sentencing if the victim is a public transit operator. This includes city and school bus drivers. Neil Dubord, chief officer of the Metro Vancouver Transit, expresses his support of the bill. He says it will help to provide safety and security to transit operators, passengers and all those who share the road. (June 12, 2014) UPDATE: BillC-489 received royal assent on June 19.