Cyberbullying victims’ parents divided over proposed law

WATCH ABOVE: A panel of victims of cyberbullying and victims’ families who appeared Tuesday before the Commons justice committee in Ottawa to discuss Bill C-13, the proposed crackdown on cyberbullying (May. 13).

OTTAWA – The parents of two cyberbullying victims who took their own lives are at odds over a proposed law designed to crack down on cyberbullying.

Carol Todd, the mother of B.C. teen Amanda Todd, says portions of Bill C-13 affecting privacy rights should be removed.

But Justice Minister Peter MacKay defends the legislation, saying those provisions are needed to fight crime.

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He says without the ability to pre-emptively prevent online crime, “we will not be able to save the lives of people like Amanda Todd, and others.”

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Glen Canning says the bill needs to be passed regardless of any concerns about private information.

Canning and Todd were among parents and victims who spoke about Bill C-13 at a Commons committee yesterday.

The forthcoming Conservative legislation would create a new offence of non-consensual distribution of intimate images, aimed at curbing cyberbullying.

It would also give police new tools to help investigate the distribution of such images, as well as to probe electronic evidence transmitted over the Internet.

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