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Canadian Government Issues New Internet Law

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Last week, the Feds announced that they will be taking action against anyone who encourages and pushes online hate.

Amendments to the to the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act will be made, as stated by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti.

Based on the official statement from the Department of Justice Canada website, the objectives include:

Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to define a new discriminatory practice of communicating hate speech online, and to provide individuals with additional remedies to address hate speech;
Add a definition of “hatred” to section 319 of the Criminal Code based on Supreme Court of Canada decisions; and
Create a new peace bond in the Criminal Code designed to prevent hate propaganda offences and hate crimes from being committed, and make related amendments to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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No word yet on the specifics as to how offenders will be punished but details are expected within the coming weeks.