Six Historical Events that Involved Offences Against the Person and Reputation
The Criminal Code of Canada offers provisions for the prosecution of individuals who commit offences against the person and reputation, such as murder, sexual assault, robbery, and hate crimes.
Historical Canadian events that reflect offences Against the Person and Reputation:
The assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee in 1868: Thomas D'Arcy McGee was a prominent Canadian politician who was assassinated (gunshot wound) in Ottawa by a Irish nationalist. The perpetrator, Patrick James Whelan, was convicted of murder and hanged for the crime.
The murder of Alberta Williams in 1989: Alberta Williams was a 26-year-old Indigenous woman who was abducted, raped, and murdered in British Columbia. The case received widespread media attention (The Highway of Tears) and led to calls for justice and an end to violence against Indigenous women.
The murder of Aqsa Parvez in 2007: Aqsa Parvez was a 16-year-old girl who was murdered by her father in Mississauga, Ont. Her case drew attention to the issue of honour killings and the need to protect women and girls from domestic violence.
- The hate crimes in Toronto in 2017: Several hate crimes were committed against members of the LGBTQ+ community, including physical assault and vandalism of businesses and homes. The offenders were charged with hate crimes and sentenced to prison.
The Toronto serial killer case of 2018: Bruce McArthur was a serial killer who murdered and dismembered several men in Toronto between 2010 and 2017. He pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
The assault of a bus driver in Montreal in 2019: A bus driver in Montreal was punched and kicked by a passenger who became enraged when asked to wear a face mask. The offender was eventually caught and charged with assault causing bodily harm.
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