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Is it a Crime to Panhandle?

    Aggressive panhandling is a provincial offence in Ontario. Panhandling, the act of begging in the street, in illegal in Ontario if it is deemed aggressive in nature. It is not defined as criminal offence in the Criminal Code of Canada t is a Provincial Offence, which carries less serious consequences to criminal offences defined in the criminal code. Conviction of a Provincial Statute will not appear on the accused’s Criminal Record. Provincial offences are considered less serious and regulatory, but can still carry serious consequences for the accused upon conviction, such as a suspended drivers license. Under Mike Harris and the Progressive Conservative Party, Ontario passed the Safe Street Act in 1999 making aggressive solicitation illegal. According to this legislation, aggressive panhandlers can be ticketed, held criminally responsible for being overly aggressive and, if convicted, can face a fine of less than $500 on…

27 Jun 2017

How R. v. Antic Supreme Court Ruling Changed...

24 Jun 2017

R. v. Antic Supreme Court ruling has positive implications for accused in Canada. R. v. Antic is a welcome decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. With…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Shaurn Thomas

21 Jun 2017

Shaurn after his release from custody nearly 25 years in custody.   When Shaurn Thomas was only 18 years old he was falsely accused of a…

Is it a Crime to Grab Someone’s Arm?

20 Jun 2017

You can be charged with assault fro grabbing someone’s arm. It is a criminal offence in Canada to grab someone’s arm. You can be criminally charged…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Richard...

14 Jun 2017

Richard Anthony Jones suspects that he was wrongfully convicted of a crime due to his striking resemblance to this man. Richard was wrongfully convicted of a…

Is it a Crime to Not Let Someone Leave?

13 Jun 2017

You can be charged with a criminal offence for preventing someone from leaving. It is a criminal offence to not let someone leave. You may be…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Desmond Ricks

7 Jun 2017

Desmond Ricks would be wrongfully convicted of murdering his friend. On March 3, 1992, 21-year-old Gerry Bennett was shot and killed  outside of a restaurant in…