Whatchu doing with our Rights, Virgin Radio?

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How a Toronto-based radio station makes light of the presumption of innocence, every week. One of the cornerstones of our justice system is the presumption of innocence. It’s a constitutionally protected right that is supposed to guarantee an individual all the blessings and grandeur of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ In reality, that’s rarely the perspective […]

Oh, S***! Court of Appeal Rules on One Man’s Bowel Movements and Charter Rights

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In R. v Poirier [2016] ONCA 582 the Ontario Court of Appeal excluded the drugs excreted from Mr. Poirier’s rectum because of the manner of the police investigation that led to its discovery. Without that evidence, Mr. Poirier was acquitted of all charges. Mr. Poirier was arrested after five confidential informants advised police that Mr. […]

Lockdowns and Liberty : Why Lockdowns in Correctional Facilities are Violating Human Rights, and Costing Tax Payers

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Most people have the same attitude when it comes to prisoners being incarcerated: lock em’ up and throw away the key. Most people base this opinion on the assumption that everyone in prison is guilty, which means that all prisoners are bad people and deserve to be punished. But the recent case of Ogiamien and […]

When Sexism Hits the Fan: How Female Defence Counsel Are Put on Trial Because of their Gender

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Not one work day goes by where my gender, age and race don’t affect my job. If anyone questions how “real” the discrimination is for women in criminal law, specifically for women of colour, and especially for women of colour who are members of the defence bar, I invite you to accompany me to court, […]

Supreme Court: No Warrant to Swab Your Genitals? No Problem!

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In a logically confusing and weakly justified ruling rendered on June 23, 2016, the majority of the  justices of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Saeed decided that upon arrest, without warrant or consent, when Mr. Saeed was commanded to drop his trousers and a cotton-tipped swab was wiped along the length of […]

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