New citizen’s arrest rules to come into effect

CBC News

A law expanding the power of Canadians to make a citizen’s arrest and streamlining self-defence provisions is set to take effect, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said Wednesday.

Among other things, the legislation no longer requires a person to catch a suspect red-handed, but allows for the apprehension within a reasonable amount of time after a crime has been committed.

“Victims of crime should not be revictimized by the criminal justice system when they attempt to protect their property,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson, who said the law would receive royal assent on Thursday, made his comments in Toronto’s Chinatown, steps from the Lucky Moose food mart as its owner, David Chen, looked on.

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