The Government of Saskatchewan supports proposed reforms to the Criminal Code to address cyberbullying and non-consensual distribution of intimate images.
A report released today by the federal government on behalf of federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety contains several recommendations to combat cyberbullying.
"The issue of cyberbullying requires ongoing collaboration and we are committed to working with our counterparts across the country to support proposed criminal law reforms," Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said.
The report cites several recommendations that include updating sections to the Criminal Code that would enhance the criminal law response to cyberbullying by ensuring its existing provisions apply to any form of electronic communication, and would create a new offence of non-consensual distribution of intimate images. Today's report also recommends enhanced tools that will enable police and courts to deal with electronic technology.
In April, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice directed officials to review potential criminal law reforms to address cyberbullying. Today's report reflects how the provinces and territories are working in collaboration with the federal government.
"This is a complex issue that requires more than a criminal justice system response," Wyant said. "That's why we are also focusing on other ways jurisdictions are responding to bullying and cyberbullying so we can ensure a more comprehensive response."
In June, anti-bullying consultations were held in communities across Saskatchewan. The experiences shared during the consultations will help in the development of an anti-bullying strategy for the Government of Saskatchewan. Written submissions are being accepted until
October 31, 2013 at anti-bully...@gov.sk.ca.
Currently, Saskatchewan supports efforts to combat Internet based crime through efforts like the RCMP-operated Canadian Anti-fraud Centre and Cybertip.ca.
The Province also provides funding to the Regina, Prince Albert and Saskatoon Police Services, in partnership with the RCMP for 11 dedicated officers to investigate cases of Internet child exploitation.