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

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 was voted in with 56 votes in favour and  30 against. The new legislation is now before the House/Royal Assent for further assessment. Once passed with Royal Assent, marijuana will be legal for recreational use across Canada. The possession limit for individuals will be a maximum of 30 grams per person. While this possession limit is legislated into Bill C45, other policies regarding marihuana use will be determined by provincial legislation, likely varying from province to province. Each province will make determinations such as whether  marihuana will be sold through government-operated venders or through private industry sales locations; as well as the eligible age of purchase. While Bill C-45  allows  individuals  to grow up to 5 cannabis plants , provinces…

12 Jul 2018

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,…

Section 7 of The Canadian Charter of Rights...

5 Jul 2018

Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects every individual’s right to “life liberty and security of the person, and the right not to be deprived thereof…

Section 2 of The Canadian Charter of Rights...

3 Jul 2018

  Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms addresses our “fundamental freedoms”. There are four fundamental freedoms in total. Section 2 states that: “every person has the…

Changes to the Jury Selection Process

14 Jun 2018

With Bill C-75 the  jury selection is to be significantly changed. Currently, both the Crown and Defence  are given the same number of preemptory challenge to be employed during the…

Changes to Domestic Violence Law

12 Jun 2018

  As recent as March of 2018, a new bill, Bill C-75, was presented in Parliament with the overall goal of both decreasing backlog in the courts, as well as…

Police Record Checks Reform Act Finally to...

10 May 2018

Nearly three years after it was passed unanimously by the Ontario legislature the Police Record Checks Reform Act will become law on Nov. 1. It will severely limit the release…