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Genocide and Jail: A Trauma Survivor Pays for Her Crime

Sentencing a fellow human being is hard. A judge has to balance punishment for the crime against the circumstances and character of the person who committed that crime. But a recent…

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Impaired Operation of a Canoe: A Canadian Dui?

Beer, BBQ and boating: a trifecta of what summer in Canada means to so many of us. But if you have a few too many before paddling away from the dock,…

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Up in Smoke: The New Cannabis Act

Prior to his election in 2015, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal platform was marked by the promise to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana across Canada. Canada’s current system, as it was…

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Pot by Numbers: Significant Digits on Cannabis

Recreational cannabis became legal in Canada in October 2018. With it came the end of thousands of arrests for possession for minimal amounts of cannabis. Nevertheless, some rules remain, and if…

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Legal Aid in Ontario (Part 1) The Legal Aid Services Act and the Creation of Clinical Law

Blog by Cassandra Beaulac “Poor people are not just like rich people without money…” Stephan Wexler, a distinguished professor of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC once said.…

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Your Home Is Your Castle- Even If It’s a Not a Castle

Blog by Laura Villani and Arun S. Maini Five young men are chilling in a backyard- four are black and one is Asian. No drugs, no booze, no loud noise. Police…

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Significant Digits on the New DUI Laws

Blog by Nicholas Kandel and Arun S. Maini The biggest overhaul of impaired driving laws recently came into effect across Canada. While the number of deaths caused by impaired driving has…

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You Have a Right to Speak to a Lawyer. What Does That Mean?

Blog by Cassy Beaulac and Arun S. Maini When I am arrested, who can I call? What does it mean to get my “one phone call”? How soon can I make…

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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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