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What is the Diversion Program?

  The Diversion Program can help people facing  criminal offence charges avoid a criminal record. When someone is charged with minor criminal offences in Ontario, they may be eligible for participation in the Diversion Program,  once successfully completed, their participation will allow for their criminal charges to be withdrawn or stayed. This process is referred to as the Diversion program. It is essentially a way to have criminal charges against the accused diverted and resolved via a specific program. It is an alternative to prosecution for the Crown. It allows the accused to avoid a criminal record, taking some responsibility for their offence without officially admitting their guilt. While Diversion programs vary considerably what all Diversion programs have in common is that they are an alternative to prosecution. It is an acknowledgment by the Crown that not all criminal charges are serious enough to warrant a…

14 Jul 2016

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Thomas Sophonow

13 Jul 2016

    Thomas Sophonow endured 3 trials and 45 months in custody before proving his innocence.   In 1981 Thomas Sophonow was wrongfully accused and convicted…

Is it a Crime to Catch Rainwater?

12 Jul 2016

  It is not a criminal offence to collect rainwater.   Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting rainwater and storing it for later use. The…

What is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

7 Jul 2016

  The Charter of Rights and Freedoms With the Constitution Act, 1982 the Charter of Rights and Freedoms became a part of the Canadian Constitution. The…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday William...

6 Jul 2016

  William Mullins-Johnson spent 11 years in prison for a murder and sexual assault that never occurred. William Mullins-Johnson was wrongfully convicted in the death of…

Is it a Crime to Have More Than One Spouse...

5 Jul 2016

It is illegal to have multiple spouses in Canada.   It is a criminal offence in Canada to have more than one spouse. Section 293 of…

What is the Difference Between Domestic...

30 Jun 2016

In domestic assault occurrences the accused will be charged with assault, as there is no offence specific to domestic assaults in the Criminal Code.   The Criminal…