New legislation…

 Oct 14, 2014

 CTV News
Public safety minister to introduce bill for tracking homegrown terrorists abroad

While details are still scarce, Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney has announced the government’s intent to introduce new legislation around radical recruitment of Canadians to be foreign fighters in the Middle East.  According to Blaney, the bill will focus on exchange of information by security and police agencies and the protection of the sources offering intelligence.  There are no details available or time line indicated as yet.  The previous controversy between the minister and the RCMP / CSIS has been resolved by suggesting that the threat is real but not imminent.  Related article:  Globe and Mail -Josh Wingrove and Colin Freeze     Ottawa preparing to give agents new powers to fight terrorism

 CBC News
Home for Colored Children apology: N.S. says sorry to ex-residents 

Premier Stephen McNeil’s apology to the Black children of the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children was first voiced in the Provincial Assembly and then publicly.  “It is one of the great tragedies in our province’s history that your cries for help were greeted with silence for so long,” said McNeil. McNeil also acknowledged that the apology is just the beginning of the healing that is needed.

 CBC News
Violent police ‘home invasion’ leads to $66K bill for victims  

Two homeowners are going public in response to a failure of Halifax police and the city to follow up on a home invasion and assault that happened six years ago.  Though an officer was found to have violated the police conduct standards in both charges by the Complaints Review Board, nothing happened to the officer while the homeowners have $66,000 in legal bills.

 BBC News (UK)
More people trafficked for labour than sex trade, says report 

The Salvation Army is reporting that for the first time human trafficking for forced labour has become more common than for sexual exploitation.  Having welcomed over 1800 persons involved in human trafficking, 42% were forced labour, 38% were sexually exploited and 10% were for domestic services.  At the same time, the National Crime Agency announced a 22% increase in trafficking from 2012-2013.

 National Post – Jim Bronskill, Canadian Press
With number of immigrant detainees growing, border agency explored holding them in prisons 

The new regulations governing new arrivals to Canada now allow for those persons 16 and older to be detained as part of “irregular arrivals.”  The CBSA head, Luc Portelance, is exploring how to get more prison space since those already available are filled.  The CBSA often uses provincial jails to hold immigrants and some provinces are starting to deny space for immigration detainees.

 Huffington Post (US) – Tyler Kingkade
Colleges Are Reporting More Sexual Assaults, and That’s a Great Sign  

US colleges and universities are bound by the Clery Act (passed in 1990) to track and report sexual assault crimes, drug and liquor law violations and certain other crimes.  The compliance has been controversial for some time and the schools are also obliged to promote prevention.  The silence of victims has been a major obstacle to date but there are some signs that victims are growing in willingness to report these incidents.

 The Daily Mirror (UK) –
Revenge porn to be made a criminal offence with two year jail sentence 

Publishing private sexual images of someone with intent to cause distress – largely revenge motivated incidents – is about to become a new crime punishable by two years in jail.  Pictures of people engaged in sexual activity or with naked genitals will fit the definition of the offense.