WHO IS A VICTIM?
Since 2015, a victim “includes anyone that has suffered emotional harm as a result of a crime, even if it didn’t involve them personally. That means someone reading the story in a newspaper or seeing it on TV could qualify as a victim, opening the floodgates. The plain reading of the law now as it is, doesn’t put any limitation on who is a victim ” I wonder if this means they can apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board for monetary damages?
An “unprecedented” number of victim impact statements has delayed the sentencing hearing for the killer of a Winnipeg high school student — and legal experts says the relatively new Canadian Victims Bill of Rights is to blame.
Source: Nearly 100 people submit statements in Winnipeg case under new Canadian victims rights bill