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Criminal Records Legislation Passed by MP’s

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 a job, apply for a loan or mortgage, volunteer, and even gaining child custody can all be directly influenced by the existence of criminal records. Until recently, being granted a pardon by the National Parole Board was almost guaranteed, but public uproar over the knowledge that individuals such as Graham James and Karla Homolka are able to get pardons has prompted the Conservative party to create bill C-23, The Eliminating Pardons for Serious Crimes Act. The goal of the proposed amendments to the criminal records act is to make it far more difficult and even impossible for many individuals to get a pardon. On Thursday June 17, Federal MP’s voted to approve a portion of the proposed criminal records legislation.…

13 Jul 2010

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…

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…