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What are Mandatory Minimum Sentences in...

In Canada, certain offences carry mandatory minimum sentences. In Canada mandatory minimum sentences are imposed on convicted individuals for certain criminal offences. Since the inception of the Criminal Code in Canada in 1892 there have always been criminal offences that carry mandatory minimum sentences. This means that sentences imposed on individuals convicted of certain offences cannot be less than the corresponding mandatory minimum sentence for that offence. In 1892 only six offences carried mandatory minimum sentences. Since that time there have been many amendments to  mandatory minimum sentencing legislation. From 2005 and to 2015 many laws were passed according to a “tough on crime” agenda. In 2012 the government introduced The Safe Streets and Communities Act, also known as the Ominous Crime Bill,  mandating stricter mandatory minimum sentences for numerous offences. The imposition of mandatory minimums according to the tough-on-crime agenda was widely criticized as it limited…

16 Jun 2016

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Romeo Phillon

15 Jun 2016

Romeo Phillon Romeo Phillon spent thirty-one years incarcerated for a murder he did not commit. Ottawa firefighter Leopold Roy was stabbed to death on August 9,…

Is it Crime Not to Report an Accident In...

14 Jun 2016

You can be charged for a criminal offence for failing to report an accident.   It is a crime not to report an accident in Canada…

What is a Dangerous Offender Application?

9 Jun 2016

If found to be a Dangerous Offender it is possible for convicted individuals to spend life in prison.    In Canada people convicted of violent criminal offences…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesdays Simon Marshall

8 Jun 2016

Simon Marshall In 1997, Simon Marshall a twenty-three year old mentally handicapped man, was arrested and falsely accused of multiple counts of sexual assault. During the police investigation into the…

Is it a Crime to Have Sex With Your Spouse...

7 Jun 2016

You can be criminal charged for having sex with your souse without their consent. Yes it is a crime to have sex with your spouse without…

Is Marihuana Still Illegal in Canada?

2 Jun 2016

The current Canadian marihuana laws are not black and white. Approximately 40 000 Canadians currently use medical marihuana. Currently only medical marihuana is legal in Canada.…