Ontarians should know of sex offenders living nearby: Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Canada. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY Files)

Supreme Court of Canada. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY Files)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:17 PM ET

Ontarians have the right to know if a sex offender lives nearby, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

In a 7-0 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling that gave citizens the right to know how many sex offenders live within a general geographic area in Ontario, based on the first three digits of a postal code.

The court said releasing this information doesn't violate the province's privacy laws, nor does it endanger the security of registered sex offenders.

The ruling doesn't give citizens the right to know names, addresses, or other personal information of sex offenders.

The Ontario government argued that releasing information in its registry would lead to the identification of sex offenders, who could become victims of vigilantism.

The seven justices disagreed.

 


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