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Nunavut drug charge acquittal may end ‘paternalistic’ policing in remote hamlet, lawyer says

Monday, July 09, 2018 @ 12:34 PM | By Terry Davidson

An appeal decision acquitting a Nunavut man of drug charges will likely break the “paternalistic” habit police in remote Sanikiluaq have of unlawfully searching the baggage of incoming air travellers.

So says criminal lawyer Alison Crowe of the June 19 Court of Appeal of Nunavut decision in R. v. Ippak 2018 NUCA 3, a case involving the unlawful detainment and baggage search of Moses Ippak after he stepped off a plane at Sanikiluaq’s airport.

Crowe acted at appeal for Ippak, who was acquitted of possessing marijuana...