Legislation introduced by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on June 6, 2017 reflects the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to ensure that Canada’s criminal justice system protects Canadians, holds offenders to account, shows compassion to victims, and upholds the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Department of Justice Act
This enactment amends the Criminal Code to amend, remove or repeal passages and provisions that have been ruled unconstitutional or that raise risks with regard to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as passages and provisions that are obsolete, redundant or that no longer have a place in criminal law. It also modifies certain provisions of the Code relating to sexual assault in order to clarify their application and to provide a procedure applicable to the admissibility and use of a complainant’s record when in the possession of the accused.
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It's easy to think of CSIS and other spy agencies as shadowy organizations that carry out James Bond-like "missions" involving cool gadgets and high-tech weaponry, but the Snowden leaks, among other revelations, have shown the public that metadata collection (online communications, phone logs and other electronic exchanges that can be intercepted in enormous amounts) now constitutes the state's primary instrument of control.
Trudeau tracker: Promised changes to anti-terrorism law C-51 still months away
At the time, it seemed like the riskiest of gambles. Justin Trudeau decided in early 2015 that his Liberals would support the Conservative government's controversial anti-terrorism legislation known as Bill C-51, while vowing, at the same time, to amend it.
Bill C-51: Disrupting A Religious Service Likely To Stay A Crime As Liberals Move To Modernize Laws
OTTAWA — Disrupting a religious service is likely to remain a crime, since MPs on the House of Commons justice committee have agreed to change a controversial part of proposed legislation aimed at modernizing the Criminal Code.
This approach would limit the range of techniques that Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Government of Canada could employ against threats. Given the existing threat environment, it would be prudent to ensure that the Government can consider all possible options to address threats and to which CSIS is uniquely or best placed to respond.
Policy & Politics
In January, Greenpeace obtained an RCMP report that identified the “anti-petroleum movement” as a growing and violent threat to Canada’s security. This movement is, the RCMP says, foreign funded, highly organized and “consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are opposed to society’s reliance on fossil fuels.”
Bill C-51 gave CSIS, for the first time, the power to engage in “disruption activities” to reduce threats to national security. Up until then, CSIS was allowed to watch, share information, but not act – that’s the area of law enforcement, like the RCMP. This change alone was really troubling. Even worse: with a warrant CSIS is allowed to engage in activities that would contravene the Charter.