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Factum

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. This is a motion to extend, for a further 6 months, the suspension of the declaration of constitutional invalidity of ss.14 and 241(b) of the Criminal Code. Without a further extension, the law will be in a very uncertain state on February 7, 2016, creating risk to vulnerable Canadians, and confusion about the scope of criminal liability.


Child Sexual Offenders

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The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting Canadians and keeping our streets and communities safe.


Right to Information

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Building on existing federal and provincial laws and policies, the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights enshrines a victim's right to receive, on request, general information about:


Overview of Canadian Victims Bill of Rights

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On July 23, 2015, most of Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, which gives victims of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system, came into force. This legislation creates the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights to provide clear statutory rights at the federal level for victims of crime for the first time in Canada's history.


Right to Participation

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The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights gives victims the right to convey their views about decisions to be made by criminal justice professionals which affect their rights at various stages of the criminal justice system and have their views considered, and to present a victim impact statement for consideration.


Right to Protection

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The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights builds on the numerous provisions in federal law to prevent or respond to harm done to victims. It includes rights for victims to:


Right to Seek Restitution

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The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights creates a right for a victim to have the Court consider making a restitution order against the offender and, where that order is not paid, to have it entered as an enforceable civil judgment. Legislative amendments to the Criminal Code:


Justice for Animals in Service Act (Quanto's Law)

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In October, 2013, a German shepherd dog named Quanto was stabbed to death in Edmonton as he and his handler, a constable with Edmonton Police Services, tried to apprehend a man who had fled in a car with stolen plates.


Child Advocacy Centres and Child and Youth Advocacy Centres

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The Victims Fund provides grants and contributions to support projects and activities to help support victims of crime. More specifically, the fund promotes access to justice, improves the capacity of service providers, fosters the establishment of referral networks, and increases awareness of services available to victims of crime and their families.


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