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Jian Ghomeshi: Rough Sex, Sexual Assault and...

Is Jian Ghomeshi innocent? In the media frenzy surrounding the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, it is important to keep an open mind in spite of the number of women who are making allegations against him. According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, every person is presumed innocent. This presumption of innocence has been referred to as the golden thread that runs through our criminal law. The presumption of innocence should work to protect each one of us from conviction of a criminal offence, not only in court but in the court of public opinion. The Media’s Influence In the course of a week, Mr. Ghomeshi has fallen from media hero to media zero. He lost his job as the CBC golden boy, the company that he hired for damage control has kicked him to the curb, his former bandmates have disassociated themselves from him, and the Toronto Police…

15 Oct 2014

Is it a Crime to Injure or Kill a Dog or Cat?

1 Oct 2014

Yes. It is a crime in Canada to injure or kill a cat or dog. It is also a crime to endanger a cat or dog, cause unnecessary suffering to…

Is it a Crime to Charge for Psychic Services?

28 Sep 2014

It is a crime in Canada to fraudulently pretend, from your familiarity of an occult or “crafty science”, to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to…

Is it A Crime to be a Fortune Teller?

22 Sep 2014

Being paid to fraudulently tell fortunes is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. The maximum sentence for this offence is a $5,000 fine or 6 months in jail or…

Domestic Assault in the Greater Toronto Area

12 Sep 2014

I have been practicing criminal law in the Greater Toronto community (Brampton, Newmarket) for over 30 years. The crime of domestic assault is not new, but recently the infamous Ray…

Is it a Crime to Avoid Jury Duty?

11 Sep 2014

Avoiding Jury Duty- The Luka Magnotta Murder Trial As a defence lawyer, I occasionally receive a frantic phone call from a person who has received a summons for jury duty.…

Is it a Crime to Drive Without Car Insurance?

10 Sep 2014

It is an offence under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act of Ontario to drive in Ontario without car insurance, however it is not a criminal offence (an offence contained in…