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Ontario Government Approves Sweeping Police...

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 too far and are inconsistent with Canadian civil liberties and the rights enshrined by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These new police powers allow the Toronto Police Service and other police agencies to arrest and even jail individuals who refuse to produce identification or be searched within five metres of the security zone implemented for the G20 Summit being held in Toronto. The new measure carries a penalty of up to two months in jail or a $500 fine upon conviction. These new police powers were enacted without any prior announcement or public consultation. The obvious concern is that many Torontonians could walking the street without identification and unknowingly breaking the law by going within five metres of the…

26 Jun 2010

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…

Diversion in Criminal Cases

30 May 2010

A criminal record can have a serious impact on your future. The effects of a criminal record can include restrictions on your travel ability and future employment. If you are…

Police Powers and Investigative Detention

28 May 2010

The police may approach you for questioning in a variety of situations. You may be walking down the street, hanging out at school or even driving in your car. It…

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms...

25 May 2010

There are two essential stages to any challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the first stage, the claimant, working with his or her criminal defence lawyer,…

Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights...

20 Apr 2010

There are two essential stages to any challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the first stage, the claimant, working with his or her criminal defence lawyer,…

Section 11 of the Canadian Charter of Rights...

9 Apr 2010

Section 11 of the Charter guarantees every individual certain rights when they are charged with a criminal offence. Section 11 applies to all types of offences (criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory…