At British Columbia’s request, a national working group will look into cyber bullying and consider whether Criminal Code revisions should be made to address implications associated with online bullying. Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond raised cyber bullying as a priority item for the recent federal-provincial-territorial meeting of ministers responsible for justice and public safety.

Bond also followed up on her commitment to ask federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to consider measures that minimize the re-victimization that occurs with mandatory annual review board hearings. British Columbia proposed a review of the current 12-month review period in order to reduce the impact on victims of serious personal-injury offenses. Bond encouraged greater consideration of the impact on families of victims, including restrictions to prevent the release of an individual in areas frequented by victims.

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