Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Issue 18, Minutes of Proceedings - October 9, 2014
OTTAWA, Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs met at 10:30 a.m. this day, in room 257, East
Block, the chair, the Honourable Bob Runciman, presiding.
Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Baker, P.C., Batters, Boisvenu, Dagenais, Frum,
McInnis, McIntyre, Mitchell, Plett and Runciman (10).
In attendance: Robin MacKay and Julian Walker, analysts, Parliamentary Information and Research Service,
Library of Parliament.
Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.
Pursuant to the order of reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, June 5, 2014, the committee continued its
consideration of Bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender
Michael Crystal, Barrister, Crystal & Associates.
Ryan Dyck, Director of Research and Policy.
REAL Women of Canada:
Diane Watts, Resercher.
Canadian Civil Liberties Association:
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, director, Equality Program.
Ottawa Police Service:
Superintendant Don Sweet, Criminal Investigations Directorate;
David Snoddy, Director of Community Development.
The chair made an opening statement.
Mr. Dyck and Mr. Thompson each made a statement and answered questions.
At 11:16 a.m., the committee suspended.
At 11:24 a.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Watts and Mr. Crystal each made a statement and answered questions.
At 12:22 p.m., the committee suspended.
At 12:33 p.m., the committee resumed.
Ms. Mendelsohn and Superintendant Sweet each made a statement and, together with Mr. Snoddy, answered
At 1:05 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the chair.
Clerk of the Committee