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Canada: Ottawa unveils sex-offender registry plans.

November 7, 2002

By Dawn Walton

CALGARY -- Convicted sex offenders will have to keep police posted on their addresses, aliases and tattoos under a national registry unveiled yesterday.

Federal Solicitor-General Wayne Easter said the Registration of Sex Offenders Information Act and amendments to the Criminal Code to accommodate the database would be introduced in Parliament next month.

The registry, which may not be operating until late next year, would be linked to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) computer database, which is accessible only to law-enforcement agencies.

The system will allow investigators to seek possible suspects based on a geographic search or type of crime.

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Source: 2002 The Globe and Mail