Firearms Offences Criminal Code

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 federal government to do more to help them grapple with a wave of gang-related crime. In response to these pleas, the federal Liberals are pointing to their multi-million dollar spending plan for a guns-and-gangs initiative, and new legislation Ottawa says will tighten the country’s firearms regime and keep more guns out of the hands of criminals. But will the bill slow the circulation of crime guns used to commit these increasingly brazen homicides? Liberals have pitched the bill, C-71, as a collection of “common-sense measures that will crack down on illegal handguns and assault weapons, creating safer communities” while “protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.” The changes were explicitly promised in the last Liberal election platform as a way…

26 Jul 2018

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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…

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19 Jul 2018

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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,…

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…

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