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.

2 Comments:

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Electronic harrassment? What's that? Do you mean spamming? Secretly videotaping someone? There are criminal laws that forbid damage or injury caused by electronic means.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger oomithrandir00 said...

I suppose you could argue that with email, in fact, I remember a case in Winnipeg last year or so that did. That nut who stalked a women author from steinbach or something. But I very much doubt you could argue this would extend to something like, say, a blog.

 

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