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Occupational Health and Safety laws and Community notification

August 7, 2012

warning: under no circumstances – “…The idea of placing high risk offender photos on the internet is controversial. While many support the idea as something that allows people to take an active role in their personal safety, critics feel that such a public disclosure could lead to vigilantism. This web site contains only the most serious offenders who are deemed to present a risk of significant harm to the safety of the public. Not all dangerous or serious offenders are included on this web site. The public must continue to be vigilant and use common sense to ensure their personal safety. Warning: Under no circumstances is the information contained on these web pages to be used in any manner to injure, harass, or commit a criminal act against any person named in the web site. Any such action could subject you to criminal prosecution…” (High Risk Offenders Listing)

notification broadcast messages – “Database Systems Corp. (DSC) provides state-of-the-art phone systems and develops custom applications for virtually any type of calling campaign. These include message broadcasting solutions that are ideally suited for delivering phone announcements within government organizations that require the immediate notification of its employees, particularly during emergencies. DSC provides the technology necessary to broadcast government sponsored messages and alerts to large groups of individuals, whether to a community at large or to a specific group of managers or response team members. With our message broadcasting system, calls can be automatically placed with the same, consistent message. Phone notification messages can be recorded and saved online. Community or government team lists can be downloaded from the internet into a call list database. The calling campaign can be controlled online as well. A message can be played to an individual or left on an answering machine. Government information dissemination can now be performed using our interactive voice response systems. Using government sponsored 800 numbers, callers have access to any information that is required from the government and our technology displays search results from networked databases as well as from the internet…” (Call Notification)

immobilizing and destroying – “…Individuals are being flagged without their knowledge. In many countries these community notifications might fall under community safety and health laws. It seems that employers, educational facilities, and community centers are in some cases flagging innocent individuals as a means of retaliation, silencing, or controlling members of society…The individual is then placed under overt and covert forms of surveillance. Everywhere the Targeted Individual goes, their name is flagged. In a big city this could mean that thousands upon thousands of people are getting a notification about the target. The person is followed around 24/7. Foot patrols and vehicle patrols are used to follow the Individual around, as part of the monitoring process. During these patrols a one handed sign language is used to assist the citizen informants with communicating to each other. They will use this to silently communicate to any business the target enters, or other areas. Gang Stalking is experienced by the Targeted Individual as psychological attack, that is capable of immobilizing and destroying them over time. The covert methods used to harass, persecute, and falsely defame the targets often leave no evidence to incriminate the civilian spies. It’s similar to workplace mobbing, but takes place outside in the community. It called Gang Stalking, because groups of organized community members stalk and monitor the targets 24/7. Many Targeted Individuals are flagged, harassed and placed under surveillance in this way for months or even years before they realize that they are being targeted by an organized protocol of harassment…” (What is Gang Stalking?)

limitations and problems – “…Currently in Canada, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) outlines the Correctional Service of Canada’s responsibility with regard to notification of the release of federal inmates on an unescorted temporary absence, parole, statutory release or upon warrant expiry. Section 25(1) sets out the general responsibility of the Correctional Service of Canada to share information: The Service shall give, at the appropriate times, to the National Parole Board, provincial governments, provincial parole boards, police, and any body authorized by the Service to supervise offenders, all information under its control that is relevant to release decision-making or to the supervision or surveillance of offenders…Section 25(2) of the CCRA requires the Correctional Service of Canada to notify police forces before the release of a federal inmate on an unescorted temporary absence, parole or statutory release. In the case of a federal inmate released on warrant expiry, Section 25(3) of the CCRA only requires the Correctional Service of Canada to notify police of the inmate’s release when it is reasonably believed that the inmate poses a threat to someone. At the provincial level, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario are currently notifying the public about the release of sex offenders. Alberta and Manitoba have established specific protocols regarding the disclosure of offender information to the public…While community notification has gained popularity in recent years, there are several limitations to and problems associated with the practice, including giving a false sense of security, cruel and unusual punishment, vigilante justice and not impacting on recidivism rates. These limitations and problems are discussed below…Critics of community notification also argue that such practices encourage vigilante behaviour against released offenders. A 1996 study into the success of Washington’s notification laws revealed that 3.5% of sex offenders, subject to notification laws, had been harassed by the public (Matson & Lieb, 1996). Furthermore, in almost half of these cases, the offender’s family was also harassed. Specific examples of vigilante behaviour that have occurred in North America are discussed below…” (Community Notification)

Community Notification in Washington State: 1996 Survey of Law Enforcement
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Full Service Health & Safety
Bill C-45 – Overview
Sex offender registration From Wikipedia
Community Alert Program (Example of Reporting Site)
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Noise – Occupational Exposure Limits in Canada
Workplace Harassment Policy in Ontario – Why You Need One (Video)
International Criminal Harassment | Criminal Spammers Use VoIP (Video)

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