Recent findings on child porn activity are shocking. Steve Sullivan, Canada’s federal ombudsman for victims of crime, reports that child sexual abuse is growing an “alarming” rate, along with criminal charges for the production and distribution of child porn (up 800 per cent between 1998 and 2003). There are more and more images available featuring younger and younger children and increasing violence. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which operates the tipster site Cybertip.ca, found in its analysis of Internet child porn images that more than three-quarters of them featured at least one image of a child younger than eight years and many showed infants or toddlers. In a survey of 800 websites in 60 countries, the centre placed Canada in the top three (after the U.S. and Russia) in hosting websites with child abuse images, and second behind the United States in hosting sites that sell images of children being sexually abused. Experts hasten to point out that in most cases the operators of these sites are nowhere near Canada but they choose to operate through Internet facilities in this country in part because of our comparatively lax laws on electronic traffic in child porn. Canada figured in a disproportionately large nine per cent of the worldwide traffic. The new law, introduced in Parliament on Tuesday, will require Internet companies – Internet service and email providers, as well as content hosting and social networking sites – to report to a designated agency tips they receive about child porn activities through their facilities and to notify police when they believe criminal traffic in child porn is occurring. They will be required to preserve evidence as well. There’s already a voluntary system like this in place among major Internet service providers in Canada but this makes the practices mandatory for all. Internet service providers don’t monitor the content of traffic so the system will continue to rely on tips and complaints. This in itself won’t make a big dent in the torrent of child porn swill available worldwide but it will give police and anti-child porn agencies such as Cybertip.ca some more chances to pick up the threads of networks and rings, and possibly even to rescue a few more children from horrific situations. The Internet has transformed modern life in many positive ways. The explosion of electronic child porn is the outstanding example of the cost of this. If some principles of privacy and freedom have to be qualified to reduce that cost to the children of the world, so be it. http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=305781&sc=151
Federal government introduces mandatory child porn reporting legislation By Michael Geist
The bill shares similarities with provincial laws (ie. Ontario) and those that report under the provincial law are exempt from the federal version. While few will criticize a bill targeting child pornography – everyone agrees that child pornography is abhorrent and we need to ensure that we have laws to deal with the problem – it is hard to see what this bill actually accomplishes. Canada already has:
• an online child pornography tip service that receives thousands of tips
• ISPs that block access to child pornography images
• some of the toughest child pornography laws in the world
• law enforcement focused on child pornography virtually to the exclusion of all other online issues
Further, while there are reports that Canada is a source of child pornography websites, a major European-based study concluded that focusing on the World Wide Web and blocking content makes little sense in trying to combat child pornography (the same report found that image blocking initiatives like the Canadian Project Cleanfeed are ineffective). Instead, the real problems lies in dissemination of child pornography in newsgroups, private groups, and other private spaces that fall largely outside the potential for tips envisioned by Bill C-58 or Canada’s Project Cleanfeed.
Michael Geist is a law professor and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. http://www.straight.com/article-271907/vancouver/federal-government-introduces-mandatory-child-porn-reporting-legislation
Giving more money to the polcie does not increase justice rather it tends to make a police state instead..
Meanwhile a Toronto doctor is facing a disciplinary hearing over allegations he approved special meal allowances for people on welfare and disability programs according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Roland Wong, said he continues to approve applications for the special diet but only if he believes patients have an underlying medical condition that qualifies them for the financial supplement. “Today, I signed maybe five, four,” he said. “Sometimes more, depends.” He accused the auditor general of having a very “slanted view” of the program, and suggested he should be looking instead at the woefully inadequate support payments paid to people in need. Wong said he wasn’t overly concerned about the disciplinary hearing because it was based on a complaint laid against him by a municipal councillor. “This is a case of politicians against a physician, not the patient against the physician,” he said. The Special Diet Allowance provides up to $250 per month to a person on social assistance who requires special foods for such conditions as diabetes. Councillor Doug Holyday said . “This can’t go on.” http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/torsun/091209/canada/doc_faces_probe_over_dietary_payouts Quebec and other provinces have no such adequate help program and why?
Hypocritical Police and Conservatives want more policing over the Canadian citizens, the same persons who wrongfully firstly do not want to give us a detailed list, copy of all of their own expense accounts and do note that too. Let the police rightfully start with the rightful better policing of themselves and next deal first with our too often stealing, crooked, lying politicians, civil and public servants who also do steal and now first also go after all the alcoholics who abuse their spouses, drive impaired … the cops included.. deal first with all all of of the persons who abuse any seniors.. and we now do need more cops rather in the hospitals arresting also all of the bad Health Ministers, bad doctors and bad nurses who fail to provide adequate medical aid to seniors, others etcPeople in leadership office do have to face higher penalties as an example now too. It is clearly established, accepted fact by most people that those in leadership civil and public servants cops, teachers, ministers, politicians included are always to be exemplary in behavior, conduct and they do need to maintain their high standards even out of their working hours, thus to do so they are also to be exemplary judged, prosecuted for their own wrong doings with a higher standard over those of us ordinary folks.http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/smoking-alcohol-bad-drugs-bad-food-lack-of-exercise-stress/http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/no-end-in-sight-to-politicians-abuse-of-tax-payers-money-why/http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/another-rcmp-officer-should-face-impaired-driving-charges-now-today/http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/the-pretend-law-and-order-conservatives-are-hypocrites/The federal Conservatives plan to introduce a bill this week that would oblige Internet service providers to report all suspected child pornography to police.