Justice and Human Rights – June 5, 2014

In Committee from the House of Commons

Justice and Human Rights – June 5, 2014

The committee holds a hearing on the government’s cyberbullying bill (C-13). Roy Kempton (Anti-Bullying Initiative) supports the need for the bill and the protection it can offer to bullied teenagers. He started his organization in memory of his granddaughter Abigayle, who took her own life at the age of 14 in 2008 after years of being bullied. Joseph Wamback (Canadian Crime Victim Foundation) also expresses his support of the bill and offers recommendations for the committee to consider. Following his son’s near-fatal assault in 2009, his family has received online threats over his efforts to support crime victims and legislative changes. Cara Zwibel (Canadian Civil Liberties Association) presents the association’s concerns with two aspects of the bill. The CCLA is concerned about the drafting of the new offence regarding the non-consensual distribution of intimate images and about new investigative powers. Facebook representative Monika Bickert outlines the safety tools, programs and partnerships the company uses to address the challenges of cyberbullying. Michael Beckerman (The Internet Association) comments on his association’s concerns with lowered standards for law enforcement as proposed in the bill. The association is comprised of 25 of the world’s leading Internet companies. (June 5, 2014)