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Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 9:42 AM

Licence to kill: Why addiction treatment system doesn’t work | Ryan Handlarski

Methadone is most commonly administered by a pill. I agree that a prescription for methadone must be made by a doctor and prescriptions controlled by a pharmacist, but the administration of the methadone pill could be opened up to anyone that wants to apply to and learn how to do it and can demonstrate that they are capable of doing it in a safe environment. There is no reason why you need to be a doctor or a nurse to do this. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Top judge warns of ‘worrying trend’ of incivility on bench, urges judges to lead by example, avoid personalized attacks Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge is warning that the Canadian judiciary is not immune from the “excesses and loss of control” that too often infect public discourse, and which are also reflected in some vitriolic judicial opinions emanating from south of the border. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

SENTENCING - Child pornography - Sentencing precedents or starting point

Application by the offender, found guilty of making and possessing written child pornography, for a declaration the operative mandatory minimum sentences were unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Child pornography

Appeal by the accused, John, from a conviction and sentence for possession of child pornography. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 1:05 PM

The problem with police records and street checks fingerprintmicroscope

In 2013, George Knia Singh, then a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School, filed a freedom of information request for any records Toronto police might have about him. He received 57 pages of documentation detailing his many encounters with Toronto officers. But Singh has never been criminally charged, let alone convicted. When Singh was denied a ride-along request with Toronto police officers — part of his criminal law class — because of his police record, he knew something needed to change. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

Manitoba wrong to ban all cannabis from courthouses: lawyer Abby_Deshman_sm

Manitoba is being discriminatory in its “blanket” ban of all cannabis in its courthouses, says a lawyer with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). Abby Deshman, director of the CCLA’s criminal justice program, takes particular issue with the part of Manitoba’s court policy that bans medical marijuana along with the recreational kind, which was legalized nationally on Oct. 17. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Donald Trump is teaching our kids to be cyberbullies | Jasmine Daya

“Mommy, is Donald Trump a mean man?” asked my 6-year-old daughter at the dinner table. My husband and I looked at each other and smiled. My other two children, ages 8 and 12, giggled at the question, likely knowing what I wanted to say, but also didn’t want to say. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Justice Côté goes own way in almost 40% of cases but her SCC admin law dissents push the court TLD Exclusive

When the Supreme Court zigs, this judge zags. As she closes in on her fourth anniversary at the top court Dec. 1, Justice Suzanne Côté, a former star civil litigator from Montreal, is staking her claim to the “great dissenter” mantle worn most recently by several of her predecessors from Quebec, Marie Deschamps, Morris Fish and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Access to justice must start during first contact with police youngmaninjail.jpg

For better or worse, I often view the world through the lens of my criminal clients. The majority of my clients at my office in northwestern Ontario are Aboriginal. Most have not had a fair shake at life. Access to justice does not start by providing them with a lawyer at their first appearance. Access to justice is critical well before they reach court: at detention, arrest and charge. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

PROCEDURE - Trial judge's duties - Where accused unrepresented

Appeal by the accused, Hahn, from a conviction for criminal harassment. ... [read more]