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For every tragedy involving gun violence there begins a cycle: public fear and disgust; politicians scrambling to appear to “do something” through new and ever more restrictive gun laws; ever more resources are committed to gun control; and then, the mission accomplished, attention shifts. The Queen of Soul dies. A bridge collapses. A royal baby...
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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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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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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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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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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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