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Is it a Crime to Dumpster Dive in Canada?

It is not a crime to go through garbage so long as it is not on someone else’s private property. It is not a crime to dumpster dive in Canada so long as the garbage that someone is going into is situated off of someone’s  private property.  The Supreme Court of Canada decided in R v Patrick, 2009 SCC 17 that individuals do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their garbage. The Supreme Court found that “The bags were unprotected and within easy reach of anyone walking by in a public alleyway, including street people, bottle pickers, urban foragers, nosey neighbours and mischievous children, not to mention dogs and assorted wildlife, as well as the garbage collectors and the police.” . In this case the police had searched Patrick’s garbage that was  outside of his home. During this search the police retrieved drug making paraphernalia. This paraphernalia…

17 Jan 2017

Is it a Crime to Use The Deep Web or The...

10 Jan 2017

Neither the deep web nor the dark web are inherently illegal. Is it illegal to access the deep web or the dark web? No it is…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Paula Gray

4 Jan 2017

Paula Gray was wrongfully convicted of murder and rape after a false confession was coerced from her. In 1978 Paula Gray was accused of being involved…

Is it a Crime to Shoot Someone Who is...

3 Jan 2017

Toronto police officer, James Forcillo, was convicted of attempted murder for shooting, Sammy Yatim, who was already dead at the time the shoots in question were…

What is Toronto Drug Treatment Court?

29 Dec 2016

Toronto Drug Treatment Court can be a good option for accused persons, but it is not necessarily the best option.  When someone commits a crime that…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday The...

28 Dec 2016

An example of how the media’s hysteria fuelled many the false allegations in the Martenville sex scandal. The Martenville sex scandals are an infamous case of…

Is it a Crime to be a Member of a Gang?

27 Dec 2016

It is not a crime in and of itself to be a member of a gang or criminal organization. It is not a crime in and…