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Ontario court decision on bias against black Canadians called ‘a game changer’

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 12:53 PM | By Ian Burns

An Ontario Superior Court justice has referenced systemic bias against black Canadians in reaching a sentence in the case of a young black man who pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm. But the practical implications of the decision are receiving a mixed reaction from legal experts, with some calling it transformative but another saying it is merely an example of a judge doing his job properly.

Jamaal Jackson, 33, pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition and breach of a prohibition...