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Should Canada Decriminalize Opioids

With opioid-related overdoses and deaths reaching record levels in Canada, the top medical official in Toronto is calling for the decriminalization of all drugs as part of a strategy to treat illicit drug use as a public health and social issue, not a criminal one. In a report released Monday, Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s chief medical officer, urged the city’s board of health to pressure the federal government to eliminate legal penalties for the possession of drugs and to scale up “prevention, harm reduction and treatment services.”  The report also recommended assembling a task force “to explore options for the legal regulation of all drugs in Canada,” which she hopes would destroy an illegal drug market contaminated with fentanyl – a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than morphine – and other drugs like it. “When we criminalize people who take drugs, we inadvertently contribute to the overdose emergency,” de…

31 Jul 2018

Firearms Offences Criminal Code

26 Jul 2018

As major Canadian cities face a spike in gun violence — Toronto has seen 10 people shot in just the last five days — local leaders are calling on the…

Ontario Courts Are in Need of Technological...

24 Jul 2018

An example of an information. Many criminal defence lawyers, crown counsel, Justices and court staff have been subject to the delay and difficulty caused by the…

Legal Aid Ontario – Who Qualifies For...

19 Jul 2018

  In 2016, Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer put a temporary halt to the start of a man’s trial for drug offences  following his harsh criticism of the required income…

Schaeffer v Wood, Police Officers Not...

17 Jul 2018

In the  case of Schaeffer v Wood, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the landmark decision that police officers are not entitled to consult with a lawyer before writing their…

Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act Passed By...

12 Jul 2018

On June 7, 2018,  Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act was passed by the Canadian Senate. This lifted a 95 year old law prohibiting recreational marihuana consumption and possession. Bill C-45…

Are Recent Changes Improvements to...

10 Jul 2018

There has been criticism to Ontario’s criminal justice system in regards to its overall performance. Recent reforms have attempted addressed some of the areas of concern, supposedly improving public safety, fairness,…