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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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