first_imgFollowing Nova Scotia’s push for changes to the Criminal Code, the federal government announced recommendations today, July 19, to address cyberbullying and the distribution of intimate images. “I committed to the family of Rehtaeh Parsons that I would bring these issues forward,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We asked for change and the federal government listened. The release of this report puts us all on the same page – cyberbullies can, and will, be held accountable for their actions.” The Cybercrime Working Group submitted a report and recommendations to the federal justice minister, Peter MacKay, outlining changes to the Criminal Code. This is a group of federal-provincial-territorial experts co-chaired by Nova Scotia. On April 24, after the tragic death of a Rehtaeh Parsons, Mr. Landry travelled to Ottawa to meet with the former Minister of Justice Robert Nicholson, to ask for changes to the Criminal Code. Specifically, they pressed for an immediate amendment to make the distribution of intimate images without consent, a crime. Premier Darrell Dexter and Rehtaeh’s family also travelled to Ottawa to meet with the Prime Minister on this important issue. Mr. Landry also asked that the Cybercrime Working Group provide recommendations, including additional legislative options so that ministers could act on them this fall. The report has three key recommendations: “We look forward to working with Mr. MacKay to move these recommendations into legislation quickly, added Mr. Landry. “I want to thank the working group for their quick action and thorough review of this important issue.” An online version of the report can be found at creation of a new law against non-consensual distribution of intimate images and enhancing current criminal law responses to bullying, including cyberbullying modernizing – subject to appropriate judicial oversight – investigative powers in the Criminal Code to facilitate the investigation of criminal activity involving electronic communications continued participation and partnership among all levels of government to build on initiatives to address the issue of cyberbullying in a comprehensive manner, including prevention, education, and awareness-raising activities.last_img

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