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Is it A Crime in Canada to Commit Assisted...

In Canada, aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide is a criminal offence pursuant to section 241(b) of the Criminal Code. Section 14 of the Code says that no person may consent to death being inflicted on them. Together, these provisions prohibit the provision of assistance in dying in Canada. This applies to all persons in Canada including people who are grievously and irremediably ill. The constitutionality of the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting assistance in dying were recently challenged and decided upon by the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R. v. Taylor. Ms. Taylor, was unable to request a physician-assisted death because of the Criminal Code prohibition. This left her with what she described as the “cruel choice” between killing herself while she was still physically capable of doing so, or giving up the ability to exercise any control over the manner and timing of her…

18 Mar 2015

The Guilty Client

4 Mar 2015

When I attend a dinner party, it is inevitable that someone will hear that I am a criminal lawyer and feel compelled to advise me that they’ve always wanted to…

Sexual Assault: Mistaken Belief in Consent

9 Feb 2015

Sexual assault is a criminal offence under s. 271 of the Criminal Code. Sexual assault is defined as any form of sexual contact without the consent of both parties. This…

Is It A Crime To Record a Conversation?

9 Dec 2014

It is not a crime and legal in Canada to record a conversation as long as at least one party consents to the recording. It is legal to record a…

Can A Domestic Assault Charge Be Dropped?

11 Nov 2014

Yes, it is possible to have domestic assault charges dropped. However, the complainant or victim are not in control of this process. The power to withdraw criminal charges is held…

Is it a Crime not to Report a Crime?

19 Aug 2014

It is not a criminal offence in Canada not to report a crime. The Criminal Code of Canada does not contain the offence of not reporting a crime. Even if…

Is It A Crime To Practice Witchcraft?

5 Aug 2014

It is a crime to practice witchcraft in Canada with the intent to deceive another by pretending to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration.…