The committee resumes its hearings on Bill C-26, which would increase penalties for sexual offences committed against children. It would also create a high-risk child sex offender database.
Appearing during the first panel are the following witnesses: Monique St. Germain (general counsel for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection); Greg Gilhooly (a lawyer who is a victim of convicted sex offender and former junior hockey coach Graham James); Catherine Latimer (executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada); and Alain Fortier and Frank Tremblay (respectively president and vice-president of the group Victimes d’agressions sexuelles au masculine).
Senators hear from Michael Spratt (Criminal Lawyers’ Association representative), David Butt (legal counsel for the Kids Internet Safety Alliance) and Gaylene Schellenberg and Paul J. Calarco (Canadian Bar Association representatives). (May 28, 2015) UPDATE: Bill C-26 received royal assent on June 18.