Drug legislation in Canada is complex with four main pieces of legislation governing drug offences and processes. Most of us educated in the Canadian public school system have been told to say no to drugs. It is a slogan often stuck on the back of bathroom stall doors in bright coloured posters. … [Read more...]
What Powers Do Police Have to Stop Me?
Questions often come up around police stops, including whether police can stop you and whether you have to speak to them or follow their instructions if they do. DISCLAIMER | This article is meant to be a guide, not specific legal advice for your situation. Always consult a legal clinic or speak to … [Read more...]
Absolute and Conditional Discharges in Canada
Absolute and conditional discharges are types of sentences in Canada's criminal justice system. Want to learn more? What is a discharge? A discharge is a legal sentence in Canada set out in section 730(1) of Canada’s Criminal Code. Both absolute and conditional discharges are a finding of guilt … [Read more...]
Police Cannot Stop You in Your Driveway For Motor Vehicle Related Offences … Sort Of
How the Ontario Court of Appeal's recent decision affects driveway stops by police. A lot of accused individuals call lawyers, outraged, saying they were driving perfectly yet a cop pulled them over. But what many do not know until a lawyer breaks the news to them is this: the Ontario Highway … [Read more...]
Evidence That Rape Myths Still Prevalent in Court in 2021
Despite a social-conscious awakening, one trial proves archaic rape myths still exist. A much-needed push against old-think myths and stereotypes of sexual assault victims led to a revamp of the Criminal Code. The changes updated when and how prior sexual activity of a complainant can be used in … [Read more...]
The State is in Your Home: Courts punish poor parenting
In the middle of a pandemic, are our children really safe? Two Ontario courts recently punished poor parenting: the Ontario Superior Court in R v CO et al and the Ontario Court of Appeal in R v Lis. Both of these decisions were released during the pandemic and after the Crown had appealed the prior … [Read more...]
What You Didn’t Know was a Crime in Canada
Lesser known offences in the Canadian Criminal Code that are still on the books in 2020 Disclaimer: This article is not meant to be substituted for any legal advice. The Government of Canada recently gave the Criminal Code a legal face lift after conducting a detailed review to eliminate all the … [Read more...]
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?
One Ontario Court of Justice judge says accused cannot plead guilty by phone In R. v. Candelaria, 2020 ONCJ 194, Justice Downes ruled, amidst the adjustments the courts have had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that an accused cannot plead guilty via telephone. This means, according to … [Read more...]
There is no Monopoly Man and COVID-19 is Not a Get out of Jail Free Card
Why the public needs to relax their fear of violent criminals being needlessly freed Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been public query and fear (and at times outrage) over whether or not the COVID-19 pandemic allows violent criminals to roam free on our streets. Salacious and tantalizing … [Read more...]
Will the COVID-19 Crisis Keep Us Modern?
How this global pandemic has changed things for the better in our criminal justice system The world is experiencing a pandemic that has been unprecedented in most of our lifetimes. While all of us have been affected individually, the criminal justice system has not been exempt from the effects … [Read more...]