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Long Term Offender Designation

Bill C-55, which came into force on August 1st, 1997, made significant changes to Canada’s Dangerous Offender legislation. This legislation allows the government of Canada to detain indefinitely those offenders found by the court to qualify as “dangerous”. The 1997 reforms made it much easier for the Crown Attorney’s Office to secure a dangerous offender designation. At the same time, Bill C-55 introduced a new legislative designation known as the Long Term Offender Designation. This designation gave Crown Attorneys a more moderate option for dealing with the special concerns raised by long term offenders without resorting to the serious measures imposed by a dangerous offender designation. This also gave criminal defence lawyers an alternative option to suggest to the court as a compromise to avoid dangerous offender designations in the most serious of cases. In the majority of cases, however, criminal defence lawyers will do their upmost to avoid both…

13 Mar 2010

Prostitution Laws – Toronto, Ontario and...

8 Mar 2010

There is no explicit prohibition against “prostitution” in the Criminal Code of Canada. In other words, the specific act of engaging in sexual activity for money or any other form…