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Alberta looking at new rule to stop allowing sex offenders to change their name

Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 6:46 pm MST

EDMONTON – Alberta is considering new rules to stop sex offenders from being legally allowed to change their names.

Nate Glubish, the minister for Service Alberta, says he wants to make sure communities are safe.

He says his ministry is exploring options that include whether the ban should only be for sex offenders or anyone with a major criminal conviction.

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In Alberta, no criminal record checks are required for a name change, although applicants have to submit fingerprint samples.

Saskatchewan is bringing in rules that will require a criminal record check for people who want to legally change their name for reasons other than adoption or marriage.

The issue made headlines in the province after a man who had served prison time in Nevada for sexually assaulting a young girl was found to have moved to Regina with a new name.