. 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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