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Legislation to Double Victim Surcharge Receives Royal Assent

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

OTTAWA, June 19, 2013 ¿ Today, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act has received Royal Assent. This legislation increases the accountability of offenders to their victims by doubling the victim surcharge they must pay, and ensuring the surcharge is applied to all offenders.


Government Welcomes Royal Assent for Private Member's Bill to Regulate Mixed Martial Arts

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

OTTAWA, June 19, 2013 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today welcomed the Royal Assent of Private Member's Bill S-209, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights). Sponsored by Senator Bob Runciman in April 2012, the legislation permits provinces and territories to authorize other types of prize fights beyond boxing, to include professional mixed martial arts and amateur combative sports, such as judo and karate.


Legislation to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Receives Royal Assent

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

OTTAWA, June 19, 2013 - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that the Nuclear Terrorism Act has received Royal Assent. The legislation amends the Criminal Code to provide greater protection from nuclear terrorism.


The Government of Canada Further Contributes to the Global Efforts to Protect Children Online

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced today that Canada is joining the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online. ""Our Government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe and to protecting the most vulnerable members of society – our children,"" said Minister Nicholson. ""Child sexual exploitation is a horrific crime. Canada continues to lead, support and implement numerous initiatives, domestically and abroad, to prevent and combat the sexual exploitation of children, but no country can fight this crime alone." "


Minister of Justice Announces Members of the Supreme Court of Canada Selection Panel

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

OTTAWA, June 11, 2013 ¿ The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the members of the Selection Panel to advise on filling the vacancy at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Quebec region arising as a result of the retirement of the Honourable Mr. Justice Morris Fish. The Selection Panel plays a critical role in ensuring transparency and balance in the Supreme Court appointment process.


Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act Moves Forward in Parliament

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, today urged their colleagues in the House of Commons to support the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act at second reading. This legislation addresses concerns raised by victims of crime with respect to accused persons found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder. The legislation is a key part of the Government's plan for safe streets and communities.


Government of Canada Funds Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre to Help Victims of Child Abuse

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, attended the grand opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and announced that close to $350,000 in federal funding will be made available to the Centre to help young victims and their families.


Parliament Passes Legislation to Combat Nuclear Terrorism

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today welcomed the passing in Parliament of the Nuclear Terrorism Act. The legislation will help keep our streets and communities safe by strengthening the Criminal Code in order to combat nuclear terrorism


Government Supports Private Member's Bill to Keep Victims Safe From Conditionally Released Offenders

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the Government's support for Private Member's Bill C-489 (restrictions on offenders), An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. Sponsored by Mark Warawa, M.P. for Langley, this legislation would impose restrictions on offenders who are conditionally released


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