Changes to Impaired Driving Laws

March 19th, 2019

In 2018, Bill C- 46 was passed and with it came significant changes to impaired driving laws in Canada.  Bill C-46 repealed sections 249 to 261 of the Criminal Code and replaced it with Part VIII.1 – sections 320.11 to 320.4 The changes include three new offences referring to a blood drug concentration (BDC) over […]

 

What Are the Consequences of Filing a False Police Repo …

February 28th, 2019

By now we have all been subjected to the tragic details of television star Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack in Chicago earlier this year. When the news broke initially, it seemed as though Smollett was a survivor of what appeared to be a hate crime and his colleagues within the entertainment business did not hesitate to […]

 

Can I be Criminalized or given a Custodial Sentence for …

February 22nd, 2019

The answer to the above question is really dependent on how someone obtains their cannabis and what one then does with their legal cannabis. Bill C-45 has now become law and in a previous post we spoke about the use of recreational cannabis and its legalization on October 17, 2018, by the federal government. In response, the […]

 

Cannabis: Legislation passed For Legalization – …

October 30th, 2018

On October 17, 2018, the historic formation of a new industry was birthed and the decriminalisation of cannabis and its recreational use was finally introduced. A day whereby some thought would most certainly never be the case, however the general perception of liberalism in Ontario may, in actual fact, not be as unrestricted as one […]

 

Criminal Record vs. Police Records

March 19th, 2018

Those who first come into contact with the criminal justice system often want to know – will I end up having a criminal record?  The typical answer has been that you will only have a criminal record if you are convicted of a criminal offence. However, that answer and the definition of a “criminal record” […]

 

Failure to Contact Interpreter Critical in Decision to …

January 29th, 2018

In the recent case of R. v. John, a summary conviction appeal court set aside a conviction for Over 80 as a result of the police not contacting an interpreter when they should have done so. In this case the first language of the accused was Tamil.  He was arrested and advised of his rights […]

 

UPDATE: “Crane Girl” Granted Absolute Discharge

January 11th, 2018

If you remember “Crane Girl”, an adventure-seeking woman by the name of Marisa Lazo who scaled a crane in April last year, you may have noticed she is in the news this morning. Back in April, she made her way to the top of a crane which was estimated to be about 12 storeys high […]

 

“Defence of Others” Raised In Fatal Hit And Run Cas …

November 23rd, 2017

After a number of court appearances there has been a major development in the case involving a man who claims he ran over someone to save a woman’s life. On June 7, 2017, Anthony Kiss made a decision while behind the wheel of his vehicle, that left one person dead, and another woman praising his […]

 

Harvey Weinstein & Civil Procedure

November 9th, 2017

An unnamed Toronto actress has sued Harvey Weinstein, Walt Disney and Miramax on allegations of sexual assault from about 20 years ago. The problem is that Weinstein’s whereabouts are unknown and the actress was unable to serve Weinstein with notice of the lawsuit. The general rule, under the Rules of Civil Procedure (the “Rules”), is […]

 
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