Criminal Section Minutes 2007

Senate Bills (Other than Government Bills)

Bill S-206 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (suicide bombings) (Senator Grafstein) was introduced in the Senate on April 5, 2006. Bill S-206 proposes to amend the definition of “terrorist activity” in paragraphs 83.01(1) (a) and (b) of the Criminal Code by adding a clause after subsection 83.01(1.1) specifying that a suicide bombing comes within paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of “terrorist activity”. This amendment is intended to clarify that suicide bombings fall within the definition "terrorist activity".

This Bill was referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on October 31, 2006.

Bill S-207 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children) (Senator Hervieux-Payette) was introduced on April 5, 2006. It proposes to amend the Criminal Code by removing the justification available to schoolteachers, parents and persons standing in the place of parents of using force as a means of correction toward a pupil or child under their care.

It was referred to the Senate Human Rights Committee on December 14, 2006. The Committee reported back to the Senate on June 22, 2007.

Bill S-211 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (lottery schemes) (Senator Lapointe) was introduced in the Senate on April 25, 2006. Bill S-211 proposes to amend the Criminal Code in relation to gaming offences in order to narrow the exemption that allows provincial governments to lawfully conduct and manage lottery schemes involving video lottery terminals and slot machines, by limiting the locations at which such machines can be installed to casinos, race-courses and betting theatres.

Bill S-211 was passed by the Senate on October 17, 2006. It has received Second Reading in the House of Commons and was referred to the House of Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee on February 21, 2007.

Bill S-213 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals) (Senator Bryden) was introduced in the Senate on April 26, 2006 and was passed by the Senate on December 7, 2006. Bill S-213 proposes to amend the Criminal Code to increase the maximum penalties for animal cruelty offences.

Bill S-213 was referred to the House of Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee on April 25, 2007.

Bill S-218An Act to amend the State Immunity Act and the Criminal Code (civil remedies for victims of terrorism) (Senator Tkachuk) was introduced on June 15, 2006. Bill S-218 seeks to amend the Criminal Code to provide a statutory civil remedy to victims of terrorism who suffered loss or damage on or after January 1, 1985 as a result of conduct contrary to Part I of the Anti-terrorism Act (now Part II.1 of the Criminal Code). The Bill also seeks to amend the State Immunity Act to lift state immunity from foreign states so that they may be sued for sponsoring a terrorist act carried out by a listed entity on foreign soil.

This Bill was referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on November 2, 2006.

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