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Two reports that address “systemic racism” within the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) should be viewed as a call to action to build trust with Indigenous people, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale tells The Lawyer’s Daily. However, Dale, principal of Dale Law Professional Corporation, tells the online publication that she worries that media coverage of these reports could lead to further distrust. “Yes, it’s upsetting that...
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A Nunavut decision shows mandatory sentences for gun crimes inappropriately constrain judges when dealing with Aboriginal offenders, Toronto criminal and civil litigator Laurelly Dale tells AdvocateDaily.com. The fact pattern of the case rings a number of bells for Dale, who frequently acts for youthful Aboriginals charged with gun-related offences involving weapons normally used for hunting.  The judge in the...
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Dale, principal of Dale Legal Firm, says a recent spate of mass shootings has put gun violence at the top of political agendas in Canada and the U.S., noting a Time magazine documentary that collates various perspectives on the issue. “This is obviously a very heated issue, and everyone has an opinion. But because of that, it tends to be over-simplified,”...
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For better or worse, I often view the world through the lens of my criminal clients. The majority of my clients at my office in northwestern Ontario are Aboriginal. Most have not had a fair shake at life. Access to justice does not start by providing them with a lawyer at their first appearance. Access...
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In recent testimony before a House of Commons Justice Committee, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale said the elimination of preliminary hearings, as proposed by the federal government’s Bill C-75, would obstruct the administration of justice. Dale noted, in the first of her four main points, “The removal of preliminary inquiries will not save time. This will have the reverse...
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In order to deter people from using guns for violent purposes, the underpinnings of criminal behaviour need to be fully identified and understood, Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. “Gun laws will not deter criminals from using guns for violent purposes. Legal gun ownership is conflated with gun violence. It is an easy scapegoat;...
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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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