The sex offender registry - and your province

May 25, 2008 Full story: www.macleans.ca 7
Canadian Crime News, National: Sex Offences/Offenders

Canadian Sex Offender Registry Database

Canadian Sex Offenders

A recent Maclean's investigation uncovered a long list of serious flaws in Canada's three-year-old sex offender registry.

Each province and territory is struggling to maintain Canada’s dysfunctional sex offender registry

Canada’s national sex offender registry was created for one reason: to help police locate potential suspects. If a child goes missing, investigators can search the database for known pedophiles who live in the surrounding postal codes. If a stranger rapes a woman, police can input her attacker’s description and scan for matches.

A sex offender registry is only as effective as it is accurate—and Canada’s system is certainly not complete. For one thing, it was not designed to be retroactive. Thousands of known molesters and other loathsome criminals were never added to the system in the first place, and even today, barely half of all convicted offenders end up on the registry. Amazingly, inclusion isn’t mandatory. In fact, the RCMP can barely keep track of those offenders who are ordered to comply. According to the latest statistics, 16,295 names appear on the system. Of those, 1,270 (eight per cent) are considered non-compliant in some way. Some haven’t checked in every year, as required. Others have been missing for months.

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vam

Saskatoon, Canada

#1 Jun 5, 2008
i think it is ridiculous that as a parent that i have to wait until something bad has to happen to one of my children b-4 there can be any kind of justice done to a s/o. i live in a small community in rural sak
and i dont no who is out there watching and preying on the children in our community. furthermore i cant do anything about it either
even if i suspect someone of susicious behavior. recently i have had a scare of a man hanging around the school and pool and places where there are small children ... I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE SASK GOVERMENT WHAT SHOULD I DO
BECAUSE YOU ARE WAITING FOR FEDERAL GOVERMENT TO MANDATE A LAW THAT THE REST OF US SHOULD WAIT FOR YET ANOTHER CRIME TO BE COMMITTED!!
MDML

Edmonton, Canada

#3 Jul 15, 2008
I live in Alberta, and a member of my husbands family, convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault has recently been released from prision. His family had disowned him and asked to be alerted when he was released. Only a few weeks ago he showed up at his mothers work and told he he could have come to her months ago. That he was taught in prision to forgive, forget and let go of the past....he came back moments later and said he wasn't going to do that.We were at her work visting her that day and he now knows who I am, and also my husband. She was not alerted as to his release and when she phoned the police they told her it was not a direct threat so nothing could be done. Now, she's watching over her shoulder, getting phone calls asking for her to her then hanging up to her unlisted number from random retail store phone numbers and still, they won't do anything. How is this right for the family, how is this protecting the community and children from this man? Why is the registry not available to public....I think we have a right to know. He knows where we are and we can't find him?
Hope

Calgary, Canada

#6 Jul 25, 2008
In Canada we protect our oil reserves better than our children - in places like Russia, offenders are lucky if they make it to jail, so why are the children last on the list of safety and priorities in this country. Our children don't need new homes, new cars and vacations to hot destinations, they need us to protect them - simple! We need to find justice so that these sick predators don't victimize again. The police and RCMP have their hands tied because our judicial system seems to reward the abuser (i.e. free housing, nourishment, exercise, rehabilitation, cable TV etc). I have a baby, and i am afraid for her safety in this country. In my opinion, we have one of the best healthcare systems in the world, as well as it is a place that offers superior educational opportunities, however, will it matter how healthy or how educated a child is if she or he encounters one of these predators - no it will not! Let's overhaul our lagging judicial system so that our communities and families in Canada can live free of fear from these individuals, and confident that justice will once again prevail here.
mom of two

Lakewood, OH

#8 Aug 17, 2008
a kingsville, ohio truck driver was arrested on jan 16, 2008 at the sarnia border for possession and importing child porn. he is a friend of a friend who had lived with this man before his arrest. after the u.s immigration and customs agents searched the house and seized his hard drive it was a shock to find out he was into child porn. made all of us sick to our stomachs for we all have small children that were around this guy at sometime, but not alone thank goodness. we have taken turns trying to find out what is going on with him in sarnia and the charges he faces but have had no luck. am sure once canada is done with him he will face charges back in the u.s, but we would like to have a heads up on how long he will be incarcirated. if anyone has any advice on how to find out if this perv has had a hearing or been sentenced we would appreciate any info on how to find this out. because of a ongoing investigation here in the states, no info is available. we want to be prepared in case he does get out for our childrens sake. chances are he will come back this way. think it is important for all countries to make this kind of infomation accessable to the public so that everyone with small children are aware when a sick perverted pedophile is back out in circulation.
jona

Sorel, Canada

#10 Aug 21, 2008
mom of two, don't get your ponytails in a flip, the guy probably had some downloaded porn on his hardrive and the cops made a big deal out of it by announcing every picture they found. For example, they found 2 pictures of a 15 year old girl and 10,000 adult-totally legal pictures, the cops will announce they "confiscated thousands of images" from child porn suspect so and so... it doesn't mean he had thousands of pictures, and any guy who goes to legal porn sites knows it's easy to wind up with one or two pictures of teenagers on your hard drive. If the guy has no conviction or suspicion of touching a real person, chill out because the cops are not in the business of giving you the facts, they are in the business of making you freak out so you can lobby your governor to giver them far payraises. In other words, think about motive and use your head a little bit instead of your panic button.
zak

Sorel, Canada

#11 Aug 21, 2008
Good point Jona, the US offender registry has done nothing to reduce sexual crimes. A registry for sex offenders makes as much sense as a registry for guns except in the most extreme cases: for example automatic weapons and actual sexual predators. My uncle and his girlfiend are on the registry for having sex in their car! The crime is exhibitionism... oooooh.... big deal. The registry is stupid.
Hope

Edmonton, Canada

#13 Sep 12, 2008
Jona, when you have children of your own, maybe then you will understand the seriousness and magnitude of your comments. If a few ADULT feet are stepped on or inconveinienced to keep children safe - so be it.

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