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ADVOCACY EFFORTS (2015-2016)

  • Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-26

    On May 28, 2015 the Canadian Centre for Child Protection addressed the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in respect of its deliberations regarding Bill C-26, Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act. Under the proposed Bill, mandatory minimum sentences are being raised or implemented in respect of child sexual offences, the regime related to consecutive/concurrent sentencing is being clarified to help ensure the harm done to each individual victim is recognized, changes are being made to the reporting requirements for sex offenders, and a high-risk, publicly accessible sex offender registry is being created. Bill C-26 passed and received royal assent on June 18, 2015.

  • Roundtable Discussion with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

    On April 24, 2015 the Canadian Centre for Child Protection participated in a roundtable discussion regarding the Government of Canada’s intention to provide new funding for Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) to help support young victims of crime. In attendance were the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Mrs. Laureen Harper as well as the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Joy Smith, M.P.

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper (centre right) and Mrs. Laureen Harper (centre left) attended a roundtable discussion to help support young victims of crime

ADVOCACY EFFORTS (2014-2015)

  • Presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-26

    On February 4, 2015, the Canadian Centre presented before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-26, Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act. Under the proposed Bill, mandatory minimum sentences are being raised or implemented in respect of child sexual offences, the regime related to consecutive/concurrent sentencing is being clarified to help ensure the harm done to each individual victim is recognized, changes are being made to the reporting requirements for sex offenders, and a high-risk, publicly accessible sex offender registry is being created. Bill C-26 passed and received royal assent on June 18, 2015.

  • The Canadian Centre and Beyond Borders intervene in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada

    The Canadian Centre joined forces with Beyond Borders to intervene in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada. This was the first time the Centre had ever participated in such an application. The case involved interpretation and application of the “private use exception,” which is a limited exception created by the Supreme Court in 2001 for making and possession of child pornography. A written factum was filed in December 2014, and an oral presentation was delivered on January 16, 2015.

    On May 22, 2015 The Supreme Court agreed with the Crown that the trial judge had made a legal error in the way in which he applied the defence to the facts of the case, and it referred the matter back for a new trial. See R. v. Barabash, 2015 SCC 29 (CanLII) http://canlii.ca/t/gj33j

  • Roundtable Discussion with the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health

    On December 15, 2014, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection co-hosted a roundtable discussion with the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and leading health professionals about solutions for responding to family violence and child sexual abuse.

    Honourable Rona Ambrose (centre) attended a roundtable focused on family violence and child sexual abuse
  • Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-13

    On November 19, 2014, the Canadian Centre presented before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs with regard to Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. Bill C-13 would amend the Criminal Code to make non-consensual distribution of intimate images a crime, modernize existing offence to account for the use of technology, and amend the Criminal Code to enhance the ability of police to investigate online crime. The Centre's presentation focused on the impact of self/peer exploitation on youth – providing insight gleaned from running the Cybertip.ca and NeedHelpNow.ca programs. Bill C-13 passed and received royal assent on December 9, 2014.

  • Presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-32

    On November 6, 2014 the Canadian Centre addressed the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C-32, Victims Bill of Rights Act. The legislation proposed to create a federal bill of rights for victims, and to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts to support the principles within the Bill of Rights. The Centre's presentation focused on the importance of ensuring that every victim has a voice, and that all victims are able to participate in the justice system in a way that is meaningful and respects their dignity. Bill C-32 passed and received royal assent on April 23, 2015.

  • Roundtable Discussion with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada regarding Online Child Sexual Exploitation

    On October 10, 2014, the Canadian Centre held a roundtable discussion with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; law enforcement officials; industry and fellow advocates to strengthen our national resolve, commitment and coordination in our efforts to fight online child sexual exploitation. The roundtable event involved promising discussions about ways to reduce the availability of child sexual abuse material, identifying more victims, increasing reports from Canadians, prevention and education efforts, and enhancing resources and training to stop offenders.

  • Presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-13

    On May 29, 2014, the Canadian Centre addressed the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Right on Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. Bill C-13 would amend the Criminal Code to make non-consensual distribution of intimate images a crime, modernize existing offence to account for the use of technology, and amend the Criminal Code to enhance the ability of police to investigate online crime. Bill C-13 passed and received royal assent on December 9, 2014.


ADVOCACY EFFORTS (2013-2014)

  • Address at the Introduction of Bill C-13 legislation

    On November 20, 2013, the Canadian Centre spoke at a televised press conference held in Ottawa where the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, introduced legislation to address criminal behaviour associated with cyberbullying. The press conference was also attended by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

  • Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-299

    On May 21, 2013, the Canadian Centre presented before the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of a young person. This enactment amends the Criminal Code to prescribe a minimum punishment of five years when a kidnap victim is under sixteen years of age. The Canadian Centre expressed its support for the Bill, and provided specific examples of the types of scenarios that attract a kidnapping charge. Bill C-299 passed and received royal assent on June 26, 2013.

  • Cyberbullying Roundtable Discussion with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

    On May 10, 2013, the Canadian Centre held a roundtable discussion to address the crisis of cyberbullying. In attendance were the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety; Joyce Bateman, M.P.; leading experts in the field of cyberbullying and the online sexual exploitation of children and teens; and families who have lost a child in connection to a cyberbullying incident.

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the Honourable Vic Toews and families who have lost a child in connection to cyberbullying attended the Cyberbullying Roundtable

ADVOCACY EFFORTS (2010-2013)

  • Presentation at a Crime Prevention Roundtable

    On January 17, 2012, the Canadian Centre presented at a roundtable on crime prevention attended by the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Justice and the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

    Crime Prevention Roundtable, from left to right: Joy Smith, M.P., Joyce Bateman, M.P., the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Signy Arnason and Lianna McDonald
  • Announcement of Bill C-22, An Act Respecting the Mandatory Reporting of Internet Child Pornography by Persons who provide an Internet Service

    On December 8, 2011, the Canadian Centre participated in an announcement on the coming into force of Bill C-22 attended by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Cybertip.ca was named in the regulations as a designated reporting entity to receive reports made pursuant to section 2 of the Act. This federal legislation requires all persons who provide an Internet service to report any incident of Internet child pornography.

    Bill C-22 Announcement, from left to right: Scott Naylor, Robert Goguen, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Lianna McDonald and Signy Arnason.
  • Announcement of the Safe Streets and Communities Act

    On September 20, 2011, the Canadian Centre participated in an announcement of Bill C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act attended by the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu. Two of the new provisions of the Bill related to child protection: increasing mandatory minimums for sexual offences against children, including child pornography and new offences of providing sexually explicit material to a child and agreeing/making arrangements with another person, via telecommunication, to commit a sexual offence against a child. Bill C-10 passed and received royal assent in March 2012.

  • Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-22

    On February 16, 2011, the Canadian Centre presented to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-22, An Act Respecting the Mandatory Reporting of Internet Child Pornography by Persons who provide an Internet Service. Bill C-22 passed and received royal assent in March 2011.

  • Presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Bill C-54:

    On February 7, 2011, the Canadian Centre presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights with regard to Bill C-54, Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act. The Bill would amend the Criminal Code to increase or impose mandatory minimum penalties for certain sexual offences involving children. Bill C-54 would also create two new offenses — that of making sexually explicit material available to a child, and of agreeing or arranging to commit a sexual offence against a child. These offences were re-introduced as part of Bill C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act.

  • Presentation to Western Ministers Responsible for Justice

    In February 2011, the Canadian Centre presented at a Winnipeg meeting of western attorney generals and solicitor generals. Held at the Manitoba legislature, the presentation focused on the Canadian Centre’s programs and services to combat the sexual exploitation of children and plans for future initiatives.

  • Roundtable Discussion on Human Trafficking

    In January 2011, the Canadian Centre hosted a roundtable discussion on human trafficking with the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and Joy Smith, M.P.

    Human Trafficking Roundtable, from left to right: Joy Smith, M.P., the Honourable Vic Toews and Lianna McDonald.
  • Presentation to Saskatchewan’s Senior Inter-Ministry Steering (SIMS) Committee

    In November 2010, the Canadian Centre presented to the Saskatchewan Senior Inter-Ministry Steering (SIMS) Committee about the Canadian Centre and its new national missing children program, MissingKids.ca.

  • Presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

    In October 2010, the Canadian Centre presented to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C-22: An Act Respecting the Mandatory Reporting of Internet Child Pornography by Persons who Provide an Internet Service. The presentation provided an overview of online child sexual exploitation, the work of Cybertip.ca and its research findings, and why mandatory reporting will help combat the problem.

CANADIAN CENTRE RECOGNIZED FOR WORK IN PROTECTING CANADA’S CHILDREN

  • Canadian Centre to receive one of 50 Canadian flags to commemorate the 50th anniversary of National Flag

    In February 2015, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection was chosen as one of 50 individuals or organizations to receive a Canadian flag from the Government of Canada to commemorate the flag’s 50th anniversary. The Canadian flag was raised for the first time on February 15, 1965.

    The Canadian Centre for Child Protection proudly displays the Canadian flag received from the Government of Canada commemorating the flag’s 50th anniversary.
  • Canadian Centre for Child Protection Receives Award for Improving the Lives of Canadians

    In 2015 the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) celebrated the 30th anniversary of cell phones in Canada with a series of events from coast-to-coast. On March 18th the CWTA held an evening honouring outstanding Manitoba organizations that use wireless technology to improve the lives of Canadians. MTS nominated the Centre for the award.

    CWTA award reception, from left to right: Signy Arnason; Jay Forbes, CEO, MTS, Lianna McDonald; Bernard Lord, President & CEO, CWTA, and Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS.
  • Canadian Centre receives gift from Government of Canada to mark birth of Royal Baby

    On September 26, 2013, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced a $100,000 gift from the Government of Canada, to mark the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. Mrs. Laureen Harper attended and spoke at the event. The donation supported the Canadian Centre’s cyberbullying initiatives, including the development of educational resources that will assist youth who are victimized through the misuse of technology. These resources were launched in October 2014.

    Press conference announcing $100,000 gift from the Government of Canada, to mark the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, from left to right: Mrs. Laureen Harper, Lianna McDonald, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • CWTA’s Connected to the Community Award: Recognition for exceptional prevention work in the area of mobile safety

    In April 2010, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s (CWTA) “Connected to the Community” awards ceremony paid tribute to outstanding organizations that have partnered with Canada’s wireless industry to improve the lives of Canadians. The Canadian Centre was one of the award recipients – recognized for our prevention work in the area of mobile safety, with special tribute to the creation of the mobility.protectchildren.ca and textED.ca sites.

    At the CWTA award reception, from left to right: CWTA President & CEO, Bernard Lord; the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Child Protection; Michael Hennessy, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs at TELUS. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister.
  • Francopol Award: Recognition for excellence in prevention and awareness efforts to fight cybercrime

    As part of its first conference on cybercrime, Francopol - an International Francophone network for police training - unveiled awards recognizing excellence in the fight against cybercrime in April 2010. The main objective of these awards is to recognize the innovation, development of best practices and education initiatives for the prevention, detection and fight against cybercrime. Francopol awarded the Canadian Centre with the "Prevention of Crime" award - recognizing the best efforts of prevention and awareness to fight cybercrime.

    At the Francopol awards ceremony, from left to right: Sgt. Yannick Dion, Sûreté du Québec; Emmanuel Adjovi, representative of the International Organisation of La Francophonie; and René Morin, representative of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.