Dumping of sex offender into Brampton, Ontario alarms mayor

The federal government decision to move a woman with three convictions for sexual assaults against young girls to Brampton, Ontario has left residents livid.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown told CBC news that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale owes the people of Brampton an explanation, and he has written to him to ask that he provides one.

“The fact that [Harks] is in a halfway house with four hours of unsupervised time in our downtown is an illustration of how the justice system is broken. It’s unacceptable and … we want an explanation how a person with no ties to Brampton, from the other side of the country, would simply be dropped in here. We happen to be the youngest community in Canada with a disproportionate amount of children. It’s completely unacceptable,” Brown was quoted as saying. 

Brown’s letter was also sent to several Brampton-area MPs, and the chair of the Parole Board of Canada, Jennifer Oades.