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Canada's law is as follows insofar as age of consent rules:
Age of consent reform in Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaAge of consent reform in Canada refers to cultural and legal discussions in Canada regarding the age of consent. The age of consent in Canada was raised from 14 to 16 in May 2008.
In June 2006, the Canadian government proposed a bill to raise the age of consent from 14 to 16, while creating a near-age exemption for sex between 14-15 year olds and partners up to 5 years older, and keeping an existing near-age clause for sex between 12-13 year olds and partners up to 2 years older. The initiative also maintains a temporary exception for already existing marriages of 14 and 15 year olds, but forbids new marriages like these in the future.
As you can see, it is 16 years old and has a 'Romeo and Juliet' provision in it. That's sensible IMO.
On the other hand, IMO Canada lags way behind the US on handling genuine sex offenders with the seriousness they deserve. They do have a National Sex Offender Registry:
National Sex Offender Registry
However, it is not publicly available like Megan's Law is in the US and it has loads of loopholes and infirmities in it. IMO, this Canadian gives a very good informative rant about how Canada fails compares to the US on this topic:
YouTube - SEX Offenders in Canada are your NEIGHBOURS!!
I even raised a very serious complaint myself here concerning an internationally infamous sociopathic murdering sex offender, Karla Homolka, getting an 'automatic' pardon:
Karla Homolka Due for Pardon
As you can see, IMO it's more than just a Canadian concern--it's an international concern as referenced therein by her travelling abilities. Another example will suffice of an infamous pardoned sex offender there:
Pardoned sex offender found living in Mexico - thestar.comPardoned sex offender found living in Mexico
Published On Thu May 13 2010
Sex offender and former hockey coach Graham James is living in Mexico, apparently unremorseful for his crimes.
James, tracked down by the CBC, had nothing to say about his controversial 2007 pardon, which shocked the country when it recently came to light and caused the Canadian government to introduce a new bill aimed at toughening rules on pardons. Nor did he have anything to say about fresh allegations of sex abuse from former NHL star Theoren Fleury.
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. . . because of the Canadian pardon, there is no official means for Mexican authorities to learn of James's criminal history. . . .
Getting a pardon in Canada is pretty much an entitlement after just 5 years of arrest-free behaviour (meaning you didn't get caught):
Sex offenders pardoned almost as often as other criminals - The Globe and MailSex offenders pardoned almost as often as other criminals
Ottawa— From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 08, 2010 7:14PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, May. 12, 2010 10:39AM EDT
Nearly all the sex offenders who apply for pardons in Canada successfully wipe out their criminal records from public view, despite the Conservative government’s promise four years ago to make the system tougher.
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Ontario's sex offender registry has another shocking loophole - Canada - Macleans.caOntario’s sex offender registry has another shocking loophole
Pardoned sex offenders are automatically erased from the database
by Michael Friscolanti on Thursday, April 22, 2010 7:49am - 43 Comments
Bill Herriot/ The Calgary Herald/ CP
Wherever he’s hiding these days, serial molester Graham James is surely reading about himself in the headlines, no doubt furious his predatory past is once again front-page news. The latest revelation—that the National Parole Board quietly pardoned the notorious pedophile hockey coach three years ago—has triggered as much outrage as the original charges, and exposed a long list of confusing truths about how our criminal justice system deals with dangerous sex offenders.
Thanks to Graham James, Canadians now know just how simple it is for a man who preys on teenage boys to have his criminal record wiped clean. Over the past two years, 1,554 sex offenders applied for a pardon; only 41 were rejected. Thanks to Graham James, Canadians also now know that a standard criminal background check doesn’t disclose the fact that a potential volunteer might be a pardoned predator. . . .
Calls for public notification and especially changing the pardon situation for sex offenders are big topics there, but that's the abysmal situation as it stands.
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