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 […]

 

Increase in Self-represented Litigants Increases Issues

October 25th, 2017

Recent news stories have been buzzing about the implications of Dellen Millard, the person accused of murdering Laura Babcock some years ago, foregoing counsel and choosing to act as a self-represented defendant. Much of the concern over this interesting strategy regards the court process for examining witnesses. In Criminal Court proceedings, an accused is entitled […]

 

Woman Charged in Immigration Scam

October 23rd, 2017

A 61-year-old woman, Sakia Mojadiddi, was charged with fraud for an alleged immigration scam targeting victims from the Middle East who wanted to bring their loved ones to Canada. She set up an organization called Afghan Refugee Relief where she had the victims send their money and did not process their paperwork with the Canada Border […]

 

If My Guests Drive Drunk/Stoned, Am I Responsible?

October 6th, 2017

October is here, and over the next few months, there will be a number of family gatherings and work events that may involve the consumption of alcohol/drugs. When your guest leaves your house and drives while impaired, can you be held responsible if they injure themselves or others? Being a host, you should always be […]

 
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