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March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  No, they are absolutely very traumatized individuals. In fact, there's one thing we have really noticed, and it's very striking, because we monitor recorded case law from across the country and human trafficking cases that involve children specifically. What we have noticed is th

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Yes, absolutely.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  I'm not sure I understand part of the question, but from our perspective, if you're getting at the special circumstances and treatment that happen under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the act is really about children who commit crimes. We're talking here about children who are v

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Do you want me to go first?

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Okay. I think that when it comes to the court system, we have an excellent judiciary. We have different levels of competence and knowledge when it comes to children and specific issues surrounding children. For example, our judges who practice in family law areas would have a lot

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  When it comes to children, the additional difficulty would be that they don't necessarily have the language or the life experience to convey what has happened to them in a way that is meaningful and understandable from the court's perspective. Having the judge who is hearing the

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Thank you and good morning. Ms. Chairperson and distinguished members of the committee, thank you for giving us the opportunity to provide a presentation on Bill C-5. My name is Monique St. Germain. I am the general counsel of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which is

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Until the D.L.W. decision, there wasn't consistency in the courts in terms of what the definition was, which was the whole point of the D.L.W. decision. What the bill does is provide absolute clarity for everybody in terms of what the conduct comprises when we're talking about a

February 7th, 2019Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Shayne Lund was. The D.M or J.D. case is still proceeding through the courts. I was referring to his wife, who has gone through the courts. I don't believe she was prosecuted under the bestiality offence.

February 7th, 2019Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  That's correct. The issue is the word “object”, in both section 151 and section 153, because you need to interpret the dog as an object, which isn't really consistent with the way the law is evolving. Then, there are issues with some of the other provisions, such as corrupting

February 7th, 2019Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Thank you, Lianna. Thank you, Mr. Chairperson and distinguished members of the committee, for the opportunity to speak today. Immediately following the D.L.W. decision, our agency undertook legal research to learn more about the cases involving bestiality that have been through

February 7th, 2019Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Thank you. Good morning.

February 7th, 2019Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Thank you. In terms of that, there's a couple of things I'd like to note. For one thing, in terms of the statistics showing increased offences against children, I think it's important to keep in mind that this is an increase in reported crimes against children, so these are the

February 4th, 2015Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain

Justice committee  Mr. Chairperson and distinguished members of this committee, thank you very much for giving our agency the opportunity to provide a presentation on Bill C-26. My name is Monique St. Germain, and I am representing the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a registered charity pro

February 4th, 2015Committee meeting

Monique St. Germain