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Airport Security

There is no place on Canadian soil where individuals have less constitutional protection than at an international airport. The government and the courts have determined that overriding concerns for effective law enforcement, security, and national sovereignty are more important than the protection of Charter rights in the airport context. Section 1 of the Charter allows the government to limit Charter rights as much as is reasonably justified in a free and democratic society. For all intents and purposes, the court has ruled that it is reasonably justifiable to limit Charter rights against search and seizures to facilitate customs and security at an international airport. This limitation of freedom applies only in the context of international flights. When you are flying domestically, Charter rights apply to you the same way as they do anywhere else in the country. However, when you are flying between countries, the protection afforded by the Charter…

20 Sep 2010

Criminal Records Legislation Passed by MP’s

13 Jul 2010

Many individuals with criminal records opt to apply for a pardon in order to negate the detrimental effect a criminal record can have on daily life. The ability to get…

Aboriginal Accused and the Criminal Justice...

4 Jul 2010

If a guilty plea is entered or if a person is convicted after trial, the focus of the Court shifts to sentencing. If you are entering a guilty plea it…

Freedom of Expression Limited By G20

29 Jun 2010

The G20 summit has brought our world’s most powerful leaders to Toronto. Discussion topics for the summit relate to international finance and development. Toronto will be hosting leaders from the…

Dangerous Driving & Expressing Yourself...

28 Jun 2010

The second part of our continuing look at the interaction between World Cup celebrations and the criminal justice system relates to driving motor vehicles. To recap, during the World Cup…

Ontario Government Approves Sweeping Police...

26 Jun 2010

On June 2, 2010 through an order-in-council, the Ontario government secretly approved new sweeping powers for the police. Many Toronto criminal lawyers believe that these ‘police state regulations’ have gone…

Causing a Disturbance During the World Cup

23 Jun 2010

World Cup Soccer has hit television screens across the country.  The highly anticipated event causes adrenaline rushes in fans across the globe. Soccer fans should remember that the way they…