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Ottawa must meet "significant" victims of crime watchers, Senator urges

The federal governmentis currently free to monitor the rights of major victims for more than nine months.

Since October 1st, there are nofederal ombudsmen for crime victims, and the Justice Department just started the application process for this job at the end of February. is.

Conservative Senator and long-time victim advocatePierre Hugh Boisvenurecently criticized the delay in occupying a "significant" position. did. ..

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The Boisvenu may have spoken to the House of Commons Committee in June when the ombudsman screamed at the victim's family during an ongoing investigation into the 2020 Nova Scotia mass shootings. Said.

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"Currently, the ombudsman is expressing the anger of the victim's family and speaking about the infringement of their rights. No, "he said.

At the same hearing, Jennifer Gold of the Ontario Women's Law Association called for the ombudsman to be found "quickly."

Gold expands its office to better monitor the application of the 2015 Victims Bill of Rights aimed at summarizing and strengthening the rights available to victims within the criminal justice system. He said it was necessary.

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"It's nice to write all these great things, but if you haven't actually seen them or experienced them If not, by the victim, it's rhetoric, "she said.

Heidi Illingworth, who served as an ombudsman until October, criticized the government for the "sporadic and inconsistent" implementation of the bill.

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Last summer, in a bitter statement that was one of her last roles, Illingworth Give victims the right to state that there was no meaningful effort to inform them, or hold the system accountable for delivery failures and ultimately make the bill a "symbolic means". ..

Illingworth was appointed in 2018 after a long vacancy of 11 months.

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Has the authority to support and defend victims, including recommendations to the federal government whose office was set up in 2007.

A spokesman for Justice Minister David Rametti said in a statement Monday that work was underway to find a new ombudsman and she would be appointed "soon."

The ombudsman's office continues to handle victim complaints and help find services, a spokesman said.

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