Bill C-75: Erasing due process one amendment at a time

The Charter rights that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father worked so hard to enshrine will be erased one amendment at a time. Due process is eliminated through four major amendments in Bill C-75. Key stakeholders such as the Criminal Lawyers’ Association were not consulted about Bill C-75. At least the Conservatives were up front about...
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Why Supreme Court decision threatens Crime Stoppers program

The foundation of Crime Stoppers is built on anonymity. For a tipster, Crime Stoppers used to be a simple concept: call and you are promised anonymity. Information is given. Sometimes you get money. One’s identity would never be revealed in open court except through the rare and narrow exception when innocence is at stake. The...
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Top Canadian results from 2018 London Marathon

Canadian Sarah Elliott was the first Canadian to finish the London marathon yesterday, with a time of 2:47:52, setting herself a new PB in the process. Elliott was fourth in the 18-39 age group in the hottest race in London’s history, with temperatures well over 20 C. Her training partner Laurelly Dale was second, in...
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Why we need an Anti-#MeToo movement

It is not my position that for every #MeToo event held at law schools, there should be a responding Anti-#MeToo, but I am advocating for a balance. I do not recall personal attacks on students voicing dissenting opinions in class or protests being staged when I attended law school…. The reason we have a legal...
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The New Face of Aboriginal sentencing

Fresh cases are necessary to modernize Gladue. One of the most impactful judgments rendered this past year was R. v. Morrisseau 2017 ONCJ 307. Anyone involved in the criminal justice system in Canada should read this case. Morrisseau was the sentencing of an Aboriginal male from the Couchiching First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. He pleaded...
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The Surrey Six Massacre: The Defense Lawyer Who Knew Too Much

The Surrey Six massacre is known for being one of the most horrific gang killings in Canadian history. The reaction to the stay of proceedings was public outrage. Close to but not quite Ghomeshi level. The judgment is unpopular but just and necessary in a case that came to be defined by confidential informants, police...
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New Sexual Assault Laws Riddled with Charter Violations

In a Canada where Ghomeshi never happened, it is likely that significant changes to our sexual assault laws would not be in the hopper at the House of Commons. Nothing out of the ordinary or unprecedented happened in Ghomeshi. Basic principles of cross-examination taught in law school were utilized to impeach the complainants. To make...
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Metanor Resources and the Americanization of Prosecuting Companies

3 miners employed for Metanor were trapped 485 meters below the ground and their bodies were not discovered for days. Metanor was convicted of violating provisions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. …..Metanor is being prosecuted under s. 22.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada (“CCC”), also known as the ‘Westray Bill’, the law...
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