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Viewpoint 42-4: Understanding Parole: Paul Bernardo Eligible for Full Parole in February 2018

February 2018 marks 25 years since the arrest of Paul Bernardo for the rapes and murders of two young women in Ontario.  Following one of the longest and most highly publicized criminal trials in Canadian history, he was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and given the automatic and mandatory sentence required by […]

Authors:

Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, NWT.
 

Bench Press 39-2: Unprecedented Sentence of 75 Years

Justin Bourque, the 24-year-old Moncton man who gunned down three RCMP officers this spring has been sentenced to a 75-year prison sentence. He will not be eligible for parole until he is 99 years old. This is the longest sentence in Canadian history and the most severe penalty since the death penalty was abolished in […]

Authors:

Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the Acting Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

Truth in Sentencing Act Fails Again

For the second time this year, courts have found fatal flaws in sections of the federal Truth in Sentencing Act.  In April the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that judges could give 1.5 days credit for every day an offender spends in pre-trial custody when determining a sentence, despite the Act’s requirement that only one […]

Authors:

Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the Acting Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow Magazine at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. www.cplea.ca
 

Recent Developments in Criminal Law

It will come as no surprise to anyone tuned into the current political situation in Canada that changes in our criminal laws over the last several years have been consistently in a single direction: that of creating more offences and imposing stiffer penalties.  Relying upon its position that Canadian streets and communities are generally unsafe […]

Authors:

Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, NWT.
 

Absolute and Conditional Discharges in Canadian Criminal Law

Purposes of Criminal Sentencing The principles of criminal sentencing are set out in Section 718 of the Criminal Code.  In Canada, the fundamental purpose of sentencing is to facilitate respect for the law and to promote a just, peaceful and safe society.  Sentencing pursues these six objectives: Denunciation – to denounce the offender’s criminal actions; […]

Authors:

Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Sean Callbeck
Sean Callbeck is an MBA student at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary (2014).
 

Brian Lines
Brian Lines is majoring in law and society at the University of Calgary (2014).
 


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