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Voyeurism in School: Significant Digits in the Jarvis Case

The Supreme Court ruled that a high school teacher, Ryan Jarvis, who secretly recorded students from his pen camera while they were at school has committed voyeurism. Mr. Jarvis’s recordings were…

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Do Students Have a Right To Privacy?

Can a teacher film his students? That depends. Are the students aware of it? Did they consent? What exactly is the teacher filming? For what purpose? Can a high school teacher…

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Is Justice Really Blind? SNC Lavalin, Political, Interference, and Special Treatment

Justice is blind. Equality before and under the law. Fairness. Integrity. Transparency. These are all hallmarks of a justice system that works. But as is so often cited, but perhaps less…

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Clients with Diminished Capacity: A Unique Challenge to the Lawyer-Client Relationship

Clients with diminished capacities present unique challenges to ensuring the sought normal solicitor-client relationship. Lawyers are to maintain the “normal solicitor-client relationship” insofar as reasonably possible when acting for clients with…

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Lawyer’s Withdrawal from Criminal Proceedings

Four civilians accused of defrauding the military in the amount of $1.3 million are looming close to their trial date scheduled for May 2019. However, a lawyer for one of the…

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Using DNA to solve cold crimes

Bruce McArthur, allegedly one of the worst serial killers in Canadian history, roamed the streets for years as his victims disappeared one by one. How was he caught? One key factor…

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Social media evidence in court

Social media has changed almost all facets of our society and criminal justice certainly has been no exception. It is now common to find Facebook messages and posts, Instagram pictures and…

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Fines for traffic violation in Ontario

Driving is a privilege, not a right. And by toughening its laws against drunk driving, distracted driving, and driving without insurance, the Ontario government is making clear that it is the…

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Does making threats be a criminal offence?

What is a threat? In order for a threat to be a criminal offence, does the person making the threat have to “mean it”? Does the recipient of the threat have…

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Is regular household items a weapon?

Can a pillow be a weapon? A dirty diaper? A stuffed taco? We have seen all of these everyday items charged by police as being weapons used in an assault. What…

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New DUI Laws Now in Force

The holidays are a time for celebration, parties and New Year’s toasts. It is also a busy time for law enforcement. Drinking and driving arrests are up at this time of…

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The Mule: Drug Smuggling and the Elderly

No one suspected him. He was a cranky old man and war veteran going about his business- growing flowers! But behind this façade of ordinary life, Leo Sharp (played by Clint…

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