Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 11, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 11, 2014

Conservative MP Mark Warawa discusses his private member’s bill C-489, also called the Safe at Home Bill. He was inspired to draft the legislation after two victims’ families from his riding of Langley. B.C., brought their experiences to his attention. In both cases the sex offenders of their children were permitted to serve house arrest in their neighbourhood. One offender lived across the street from his victim, while the other lived next door.
Bill C-489 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.
Heidi Illingworth, executive director of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, and Alain Fortier, president of the Victimes d’agressions sexuelles au masculin (VASAM), present their views of the bill during the second panel. (June 11, 2014) UPDATE: BillC-489 received royal assent on June 19.