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Is it a Crime not to Report a Crime?

It is not a criminal offence in Canada not to report a crime. The Criminal Code of Canada does not contain the offence of not reporting a crime. Even if a person suspects a crime to have occurred, they are under no legal obligation to report the suspected crime and thus cannot be found guilty of such an offence, as none exists. Some professionals, such as doctors, lawyers,  teachers, counsellors and social workers have duties and obligations under provincial legislation to report suspected crimes, but these are not laws covered by the Criminal Code of Canada. Under these Acts, some professionals are obligated to report  suspicions or beliefs they have about the abuse or neglect of a child to the appropriate authorities. If found guilty not reporting a crime, they would be dealt with under the Act of their specific province, but not under the Criminal Code of Canada.   However, one could potentially…

19 Aug 2014

Is it a Crime to Counsel Someone to Commit a...

13 Aug 2014

An individual may be liable for those offences which he/she does not commit as a principle offender but in which he/she plays a part in committing. When an individual becomes…

Is It A Crime To Practice Witchcraft?

5 Aug 2014

It is a crime to practice witchcraft in Canada with the intent to deceive another by pretending to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration.…

Is it a Crime to Have Sex with a Person who...

4 Aug 2014

Sexual assault is a criminal offence under s. 271 of the Criminal Code. Sexual assault is defined as any form of sexual contact without the consent of either party involved…

Is it a Crime to Smoke Marijuana During...

1 Aug 2014

Yes. Possession of Marijuana is still a crime in Toronto! The Toronto Police Services may exercise their discretion and either tolerate its use or seize marijuana without laying a criminal…