Today on the Hill: Victims speak up as watchdog reacts to Victims Bill of Rights

Terry Pedwell / The Canadian Press
May 13, 2014 01:30 AM

OTTAWA - Crime and its victims will be in the spotlight today in Ottawa.

Sue O'Sullivan, Canada's federal ombudsman for victims of crime, will release her response to the recently introduced Victims Bill of Rights.

Later, the Commons justice committee will hear from the parents of Canadian teenagers who took their own lives because they were being bullied.

Amanda Todd's mother Carol, Jamie Hubley's father Allan and Glenford Canning, the father of Rehtaeh Parsons, are all expected to speak as the committee examines Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.

Here are some other events happening in Ottawa today:

— The Commons public safety and national security committee discusses its study of the economics of policing;

— The Supreme Court of Canada's executive legal officer will provide journalists with a background briefing on the issues involved in the citizenship and immigration minister's case against Mohamed Harkat;

— The Bank of Canada will release the spring issue of its semi-annual review of the Canadian economy;

— And Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will speak, and later sit down with Canada 2020 chairman Don Newman for a question and answer session about his platform and his plans for the province's future.


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