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Is it a Crime to Write on Money?

It is not illegal to write on bank notes in Canada. There are prohibitions, however, on reproducing a current Canadian bill electronically. The question of whether it is illegal or not to write or make markings on Canadian money came up after the death of famous actor Leonard Nimoy. His most famous role was that of Mr. Spock in Star Trek. Following his death, many fans around Canada began inking his features on Canadian five dollar bills which show a portrait of Sir Wilfred Laurier, Canada’s seventh prime minister. Neither the Bank Act or the Criminal Code have dealt with the repercussions of mutilating or defacing Canadian bank notes. However, the Bank of Canada has expressed strong objections to mutilating or defacing bank notes because ultimately, writing on bank notes limits their life. The Bank of Canada is the only entity that decides when notes are to be removed from…

16 Aug 2016

What is a First Appearance for a Criminal...

11 Aug 2016

It is wise for the accused to understand what to expect at their first court appearance. What happens at the first appearance at court for a…

#wronfullyconvictedwednesday Kyle Unger

10 Aug 2016

When Kyle Unger was only 19 years old he was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and murder.   When Kyle Unger was only nineteen years old…

Is it a Crime to Sleep in Your Car?

9 Aug 2016

  In some circumstances you could be charged with a criminal offence for sleeping in your car. Sleeping in your car could be a crime. Determining…

Court Makes Rare Finding of Racial Profiling

8 Aug 2016

The Honourable Justice Charney of the Superior Court of Justice recently rereleased his decision in the matter of R. v. Beverly O’Grady and Jeffrey Ferguson-Cadore. A report from Wendy Gillis…

What is a Surety?

4 Aug 2016

A friend, family member or partner can help an accused be released from prison. A surety is a person who appears in court for the accused,…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Jack White

3 Aug 2016

It took 17 years for Jack White to clear his name after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault. In 1993 Jack White was wrongfully convicted of…