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Why Supreme Court decision threatens Crime Stoppers program

Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 9:19 AM | By Laurelly Dale

The foundation of Crime Stoppers is built on anonymity. For a tipster, Crime Stoppers used to be a simple concept: call and you are promised anonymity. Information is given. Sometimes you get money. One’s identity would never be revealed in open court except through the rare and narrow exception when innocence is at stake. The Supreme Court of Canada has turned the infamous program on its head. Now a tipster’s identity can be revealed in open court under a second exception. The copious possibilities associated with this...