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LIBERTY AND THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE: THE RIGHT TO BAIL

Blog by Cassy Beaulac and Arun S. Maini Last month, a Kitchener judge denied bail to Udo Haan, the man charged with first-degree murder in the fiery house explosion that killed…

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Bail and The John Howard Society

Blog by Cassy Beaulac and Arun S. Maini At any given time, over 12,000 individuals are detained in pre-trial custody in one of Canada’s many provincial jails.  “Pre-trial custody” means that…

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Driving While Black: Racial Profiling By Police

Blog by Cassy Beaulac and Arun S. Maini In January 2019, Members of Pride Toronto voted by a narrow margin of 163-161, to ban uniformed police officers from participating in the…

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Mueller report on Trump

Did Trump get away with it? Or was the process a witch hunt, as Trump claims? Why did special counsel Robert Mueller leave unresolved the issue of “obstruction of justice”? And…

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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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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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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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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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