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Sex offenders living in your neighbourhood?

The province releases partial area codes, showing which areas have the highest concentrations of registered sex offenders...

How many sex offenders live in your area?

Thanks to a ruling from the Supreme Court, you can now have access to that information.

The court ruled that it was okay to release minor details on where registered sex offenders live, based on their postal codes.

For example, an area between Kenora and Hudson's Bay, has the heavyist concentration of sex offenders, with 122 for a total population of a little more than 16 thousand people.

Closer to the GTA, other areas of high concentration include Midland, the Peterborough area, the region surrounding Bancroft and Hamilton, where 200 registered sex offenders live.

It was a 6 year court battle, where the provincial government argued the information should be kept private fearing retaliation assaults or vigilante justice.

"We have no better idea of who to watch out for." Brian Rushfeldt, the President of Canada Family Action told Newstalk1010's Jim Richards.

"It doesn't give us whether it's child sex crimes, adult sex crimes..." said Rushfelt.

He says he doesn't believe anyone would be in jeopardy of being 'jumped' by an angry mob, if they were to find out the person living down the street was a convicted sex offender.

Some of the areas in Toronto that have a higher concentration of sex offenders living there are: sections of the Junction and Parkdale, where just under 100 are registered as living.

Also there's an area centred by Queen and Parliament, where a little more than 100 sex offenders live.

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  1. Beamer Smith posted on 05/08/2014 05:53 PM
    The Junction is prolly high because that's where Corrections Canada put a "Halfway House" I wouldn't be surprised if the other concentrations had similar excuses...
  2. Steven Yoon posted on 05/09/2014 12:41 AM
    THIS INFORMATION INCITES FEAR IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE FORMER OFFENDERS LIVE, AND WILL LIKELY PREVENT SOME PEOPLE FROM MOVING THERE, BUT NOTHING ELSE. HERE'S WHY:


    (1) The sex offender registry has not solved a single crime in a decade-and-a-half
    http://www.priv.gc.ca/parl/2010/parl_20100415_e.asp

    The following is Why the registry is ineffective in its intended purpose, which is to assist in solving crimes.


    (2) former sexual offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of any offender group. Most never reoffend
    http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/sx-ffndr-rcdvsm/index-eng.aspx

    (3) most sex offenses are committed by first-time offenders- those not on any registry and;

    (4) the vast majority of sexual offenses are committed against someone the offender knows- not against strangers.

    (5) Making it difficult for ex-offenders to reintegrate into society actually increases recidivIsm rates.


    The information about what general area former sex offenders live will do nothing to 'protect society'- better to ask where convicted drug dealers, child beaters, arsonists and convicted terrorists live- all have higher rates of recidivism than sex offenders.

    IT'S ABOUT TIME THAT WE EXAMINE THE FACTS SO THAT WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON WAYS TO PREVENT OFFENDING RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON LOW-RISK FORMER OFFENDERS.


    - http://canadiansforajustsociety.webs.com/

    PS: Rushfelt "says he doesn't believe anyone would be in jeopardy of being 'jumped' by an angry mob, if they were to find out the person living down the street was a convicted sex offender. "

    There have been hundreds of people murdered because they were sex offenders. Rushfelt should look at the facts before he makes such statements
    1. Rushfeldt posted on 05/09/2014 04:56 PM
      @Steven Yoon this guys stats are completely wrong. hundreds murdered .... BS . a few murdered in jail because they are the "scum" of prisons. call police an ask how many have been murdered ??? Police even post pics and info on some of the most dangerous and not ONE has been murdered.

      SO stop fear mongering sir. And check recidivism rates of some child sex offenders. again in some area you are wrong.
    2. rushfeldt posted on 05/09/2014 05:00 PM
      @Rushfeldt FYI read this stat report , some are at 35 % repeat rate , it compares those who offend against boy vs girls also. Pedophiles are rarely "rehabbed" . many reports will confirm that.
    3. rushfeldt posted on 05/09/2014 05:02 PM
      @rushfeldt https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/sx-ffndr-rcdvsm/index-eng.aspx#a01
    4. HP posted on 05/09/2014 05:03 PM
      @Rushfeldt If you want to see what happens when you segregate sex offenders from society, look to New Orleans after Katrina. Because they can't live around children down there they were forced to live under bridges in groups of registered offenders, many of whom were convicted sex offenders for peeing in parks (like our mayor) or had consensual sex with partners under 16...most were normal people whose lives were destroyed by draconian laws.

      Real perverts can be dealt with, but ostracizing all "sex offenders" really causes more problems...we don't want that here.
    5. Steven Yoon posted on 06/03/2014 12:34 PM
      @rushfeldt @Rushfeldt

      It would be beneficial to readers if newstalk would publish an article which highlights the accumulation of the decades of research on sex offending. Fortunately, there are places you CAN find such information:

      http://criminology.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CrimHighlights_SexOffending11.pdf

      You can also look on my site:

      canadiansforajustsociety.webs.com

      Rushfeldt, you should, at the very least, TRY to inform yourself...
    6. Steven Yoon posted on 06/03/2014 12:42 PM
      @Rushfeldt Rushfelt states that "not ONE has been murdered. You, Rushfelt are a very ignorant man.

      If you had taken even 5 minutes to do dome research you would have been quite aware of the brutal slayings of two convicted sex offenders from Maine, by a Canadian, in 2006.

      Twenty-year-old Stephen Marshall of Nova Scotia, Canada, killed himself aboard a Boston-bound bus after allegedly murdering two convicted sex offenders in Maine, whom he'd found on the state's sex offender Web site.

      One of the victims, 24-year-old William Elliott, was convicted four years ago of having sex with a girlfriend who was only days away from her 16th birthday. Elliott served four months in jail.

      Marshall had earlier gone online and obtained personal information on both Elliott and Joseph L. Gray, 57, another convicted sex offender, whom Marshall is also suspected of murdering earlier that day.

      Investigators also revealed that Marshall obtained the addresses and other information of 34 people from Maine's online sex offender registry.

      This was not the first murder of former offenders which have been directly contributed to information derived from publicly accessible registries:

      2013: Charles Parker had to register as a sex offender after he was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct about a decade ago. Police said he always registered on time and never gave deputies trouble. The 59-year-old victim and his wife were shot and stabbed inside their home. When Charles Parker registered as a sex offender in the town of Jonesville, S.C., he became a prospect on another man’s kill list, the authorities say. Police suspect that Mr. Parker’s death was intended as the opening phase of a man’s quest to purge sex offenders from Union County. “He went through our sex offender registry,” said Sheriff David H. Taylor, “and individually picked out targets."
      2013: Vasquez waited outside the home of his neighbor, Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr., with the intent to kill him because Rainwater was a registered sex offender. When Rainwater left his home, Vasquez punched him in the back of the head, then stabbed him multiple times, nearly severing his head.
      2012: A man with a reported hatred of sex offenders was arrested Sunday in Sequim, Washington for allegedly killing two men, both registered sex offenders. Patrick B. Drum told authorities he shot Blanton and Ray “because they were sex offenders” and was heading to Jefferson County to shoot another as-yet-unidentified convicted sex offender when he was arrested. Drum had intended to continue targeting and killing convicted sex offenders “as long as he could until he was stopped by law enforcement.
      2011: A Washington state man who shot another man in the head because the shooter mistakenly thought the victim was a sex offender has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on assault and gun convictions
      2010: a 19-year-old Virginia man is accused of using the state's sex offender registry to harass a registered sex offender, chase him down, and then strike him with his vehicle.
      2009: When 67-year-old convicted sex offender Michael Dodele moved to the northern California town of Lakeport, he might have thought he could leave his past behind. But that didn't happen. Sheriff's deputies found him dead from stab wounds last month in his home. They quickly arrested his neighbor, 29-year-old construction worker Ivan Garcia Oliver, who made "incriminating comments, essentially admitting to his attacking Dodele," police said. A neighbor of Oliver's said that two days before the killing, he "told every house" in the trailer park that he found Dodele's name listed on the web site of convicted sexual offenders, and was uncomfortable living near him.
      2009: Michael A. Mullen of Bellingham, Wash., was charged with the murders of two convicted sex offenders after he admitted to police that he wanted to kill them after he saw the information listed on the state's online sex offender Web site.
      2005: In Washington state a man posed as an FBI agent to enter the home of two sex offenders, warning them that they were on a “hit list” on the internet. Then he killed them. The murderer said he targeted the pair after finding them on the online Whatcom County, Wash., sex offender list.
      2004: the state of New Hampshire sent 57-year-old Lawrence Trant to jail for 10 to 30 years after he pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder on two convicted sex offenders whose names and addresses he'd located on the state's sex offender registry.



      These incidents are not isolated. Other vigilante attacks on sex offenders include the following:

      Two men in Helenwood Tennessee town torched the residence of a man convicted of a child pornography charge. The man's hapless wife died in the fire.

      A drunken father and son broke into the house of a paroled sex offender in New Jersey and began beating another man whom they mistakenly took as the sex offender. Yet again, the vigilantes had found their victim through a "Megan’s Law" community notification law.

      In Bakersfield, California, a knife-wielding vigilante tried to break down the door of a sex offender whose name, photograph and address had been distributed in the neighborhood by police. Police shot the vigilante dead.

      Don't think this could happen in Canada?
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