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Offender registry draws debate

The Village of Lumby is being cautious before taking a stand on identifying sex offenders.

Previous council had supported calls to make the national sex offender registry public, but current council has decided to pursue more information first.

“We want to find out how they got on to the sex offender registry to start with,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich, adding that releasing such details could have a negative impact for an individual if they were linked to an offence that wasn’t an actual sex crime.

“We have to be really careful about what they (federal  government) consider an offender.”

Lumby began considering the issue in November when a letter was received from the City of Greenwood demanding that the registry be made public.

“Children should not have to live in fear,” said Greenwood Mayor Colleen Lang in the letter.

“Parents should not have to live in fear. Canadians should have the right to know if we have a dangerous offender amongst us so we can protect and be vigilant. Children have a right to live and play in a safe community.”

Lang admits that a public registry could impede on the privacy of convicted offenders.

“Once they repeat their offences, they should forfeit their rights and their names be displayed in a public registry,” she said.

The Village of Lumby has not received any concerns from its residents about sex offenders, but Mayor Kevin Acton defends spending time on the matter.

“Someone brought this to our attention so we might as well have a look at it,” he said.

 

“We’re just trying to be supportive of Greenwood.”

 

 

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