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Police “Spy” Tactics

Sgt. Aaron Sidenberg of York Regional Police rides the bus to spot texting drivers.   As of 2012, motor vehicle drivers in Ontario face a hefty fine of $155 if caught using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. Several Police divisions across the province have initiated “Ride Safe” programs intended to nab distracted drivers. Among those making headlines, Peel Regional Police have spearheaded a controversial surveillance tactic as part of a “safety blitz” initiative. It involves uniformed police officers using public transit buses to catch drivers using hand-held devices. Unsuspecting drivers may try to be as inconspicuous as they can while on their handheld, but this surveillance tactic may prove to be very effective. In the event a “talk” or “text” driver is spotted, a traffic officer would be notified to pull the driver over. Obviously, a driver may deny the allegation and deny that…

17 Apr 2018

Opinion Evidence at Trial

12 Apr 2018

 When an individual testifies as a witness their primary job is to testify about facts that are within their knowledge. Generally speaking, the court is not interested in a witness’s…

The Doctrine of Common Intention

10 Apr 2018

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

Formal Admissions

5 Apr 2018

While preparing for a criminal trial, the accused individual and his or her criminal defence lawyer will receive a statement of the prosecution’s case against the accused. Before the trial…

What is Hearsay Evidence?

3 Apr 2018

The rules of evidence dictate what evidence is admissible at a criminal trial. For example, evidence may be deemed inadmissible because it is unreliable, potentially contaminated or has the potential…

Police Torture Tactics

29 Mar 2018

Toronto Police torture tactics drew attention when in 2009 the Ontario Court of Appeal marked a critical judgment on “tortuous” police conduct on two suspects to obtain evidence. In the…

What are the Different Types of Search...

27 Mar 2018

Canadian criminal law is concerned with balancing society’s interest in preventing and punishing harm with preserving respect for the liberty and privacy rights of individuals. This tension is particularly relevant…