Pardons and Record Suspensions

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WHAT DOES A PARDON OR RECORD SUSPENSION DO?

A pardon, now known as a “record suspension,” seals your criminal record.

If you get a record suspension, any search of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) will not show that you have a...Read More

Cocaine charges fail as no proof of control

Cocaine charges fail as no proof of control

A man is seated in the front passenger seat of a car. A clear plastic bag containing 6.2 grams of crack cocaine rests in plain view on the centre console between him and the driver.

Is that enough evidence to find the passenger guilty of possession of cocaine?

That’s the question a Superior Court judge wrestled with in a recent case.

Test for possession of drugs

Allen Ali had been committed to trial...Read More

Crown should toss beer-can mischief charge

Crown should toss beer-can mischief charge

The criminal law is a blunt instrument. It should be used with restraint.

This is a principle that should impel the Crown Attorney to drop the case against Ken Pagan who appears in Toronto’s Old City Hall court on November 24 on a charge of mischief for allegedly hurling a beer can onto left field during a recent Blue Jays playoff game.

Prosecution not in public interest It’s a principle that the...Read More

Marijuana Case Highlights Charter Rights Test

Marijuana Case Highlights Charter Rights Test

Routine traffic stop A man exits a bar and drives away. Police pull him over for a sobriety check.

There’s no odor of alcohol and the driver says he had nothing to drink.

Police check his driver’s licence and vehicle documentation. All in order.

Odor of unburnt marijuana

While standing at the driver’s window, police smell a strong odor of “unburnt marijuana.”

Police caution him “in regards to possession of a controlled substance”...Read More

Decriminalizing drug possession for personal use

Decriminalizing drug possession for personal use

Canada’s decision to legalize marijuana in 2017 marks a stark break from the country’s zero-tolerance drug policy and has prompted discussion about further liberalization. To minimize drug-related deaths, disease and crime, possession of small amounts of all drugs should be treated as a public-health issue, not a criminal one.

Drugs and crime tied

Drugs and crime are tied. Without adequate education, regulation and treatment opportunities, illicit drugs are abused and often act...Read More

Bill protects citizenship of terrorists, traitors and spies

Bill protects citizenship of terrorists, traitors and spies

Persons convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage will no longer lose their citizenship under proposed changes to the Citizenship Act. The changes are part of a Liberal government bill, now at first reading in the Senate, that will reverse legislation passed in 2014 by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

Jail pending trial not excluded The Liberal amendments (Bill C-6) also will reduce the period that applicants need to be physically present in...Read More

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