Monday, October 10, 2005

An FYI on the Laws of Stalking in Canada

In Canada, stalking is defined under a general heading of Criminal Harassment.

The Canadian Criminal Code [Section 264. Criminal Harassment (2)] prohibits the following conduct:

(a) repeatedly following from place to place the other person or anyone known to them;

(b) repeatedly communicating with, either directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them;

(c) besetting or watching the dwelling-house, or place where the other person, or anyone known to them, resides, works, carries on business or happens to be; or

(d) engaging in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family.

and punishes it with imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years.

There is no mention in Canadian Law of electronic harassment or stalking, although it is possible to apply the statutes above to cyberspace.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Europe to Adopt English as Official EU Language

An excellent post appears at the TABaker website. According to the article, English will be adopted as the official language of the European Union and not German.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

To view the rest of the article please follow the link.