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Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

Legal Aid Ontario to hold consultations on challenges faced by racialized groups Kimberly Roach sm

Ontario’s capital is known as the most diverse city in the world, with over half of Toronto’s population being made up of racialized communities. Although this is a celebrated part of the province’s image, a large number of these groups live in poverty and struggle with access to legal services.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Indigenous inquiry a slow motion implosion | Pamela Palmater

When the draft terms of reference of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls were leaked to the media in the summer of 2016, many families, advocates, experts and communities were upset that there would be no investigation of the police — either their mishandling of individual files or their behaviour. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES - Possession for the purpose of trafficking - Methamphetamine - Other substances

Appeal by the accused, Wu, from conviction for three counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. ... [read more]

Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 2:25 PM

Broad mandate of inquiry into long-term care homes praised Eileen Gillese

The provincial government has tapped Justice Eileen Gillese of the Ontario Court of Appeal to lead an independent inquiry into the province’s long-term care homes after the fallout from the Elizabeth Wettlaufer case, and the inquiry’s broad mandate to look into systemic issues facing the long-term care sector is being praised. ... [read more]

Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

Government releases new rules for administrative segregation in prisons Catherine Latimer

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has announced changes to policy regarding administrative segregation in federal institutions for people with mental health needs, but a prisoner’s rights organization says the changes don’t go far enough. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 @ 8:23 AM

PROCEDURE - Crown's duties - Disclosure

Appeal by the accused, Tossounian, from conviction for offences related to an arson. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

Insistence on French for SCC judges could block historic appointment of first Indigenous judge Borrows

The Trudeau government’s pledge to fill the Supreme Court of Canada’s impending western vacancy with a bilingual jurist who can function in French is liable to block the historic appointment of its first Indigenous judge, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 1:40 PM

Court overturns murder conviction due to errant jury instruction Christopher Hicks sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a man's first-degree murder conviction and ordered a new trial as it found shortcomings in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury on the intent for murder. ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal overturns arson conviction due to inadequate disclosure Bailey

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a woman convicted of arson after she argued her rights to a fair trial were violated because the Crown failed to provide disclosure. ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Questioning the effect of prison on crime prevention | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

In the year 2000, the Danish government changed some of its criminal laws in a manner that reduced dramatically the use of imprisonment for certain offences. Those responsible for suggesting that change probably were well aware of its likely impact: Keeping convicted people out of prison would have little if any measurable impact on the likelihood that they would reoffend. This awareness, however, runs counter both to the beliefs of many people and to deterrence theory. ... [read more]