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Canada's Fairness for Victims Act

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Our northern neighbor's House of Commons commendably passed the Fairness for Victims Act, which among other things allows the parole board to set reconsideration intervals up to five years rather than the current two.  When a rapist or murderer is eligible for parole and the victim or victim's family is opposed, they must go to the hearing and relive the horror.  They ought not have to do that more often than necessary.

In an amazing screw-up, though, the wrong version of the bill was sent to the Senate and referred to committee there, Sean Fine reports in the Globe and Mail.

Jason Tamming, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, said the error would be corrected: "There was an error made by House of Commons and Senate Administration officials in printing the Bill for consideration by the Senate. Officials are working to rectify the situation to ensure that the legislation, as passed by the House of Commons is appropriately considered in the Upper Chamber."

Victims' rights groups had demanded the changes, and Mona Lee, whose sister was murdered in 1997, made an impassioned plea to a Commons committee to pass the bill. "Families of a homicide do not get parole for their suffering," she said, quoting from a petition from crime victims. The Commons passed the bill after a unanimous vote on June 4.

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We are gathering community support for my husband Jason Moore. Jason Moore is a local man who was attacked in his home in the middle of the night. Jason was stabbed multiple times in his neck and back, leaving him quadriplegic. Jason’s father Charles Moore was also killed in the attack. We are trying to raise money for Jason to get a modified vehicle. Please take the time to read his story, Jason is a survivor and has become an inspiration to many people around him. We were hoping you could sponsor him in helping with our fund raising. Below is a link to read more about Jason.
Thank you for your time,
Allie Moore


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