The legal profession plays a pivotal role in the creation and preservation of an equal and just society.
The legislation, Bill C-75, was billed as a silver bullet to unclog our courts and bring about a “cultural shift” in the justice system. The changes may be bold, but in this case the proposed reforms will likely result in more delays and more unfair trials.
Last week, the Liberal government’s half-hearted cannabis legislation passed second reading in the Senate.
Fear is a very good motivator and this is what our country’s police forces wallets depend on: Fear of guns. Fear of gangs. Fear of drugs. Fear of violence. Fear to justify seemingly ever-increasing police budgets.
In December 2017, Ottawa’s Police Services Board approved a $250,000 purchase of 140 conducted energy weapons, more commonly known as Tasers. But, if all police officers have Tasers could they be overused?
Between 2011 and 2014, the Ottawa police stopped and questioned 45,802 people who were not committing any crimes.
It could be a House of Cards political thriller: A high-ranking elected official and his family are wined and dined by a rich and powerful foreign agent who does business with the government.
It is always dangerous to prophesize, particularly, as an old Danish proverb warns, about the future. Unfortunately, the temptation to make an educated guess about the future is irresistible.
Criminal defence lawyers have thick skins. It’s sort of a requirement of the job. We often represent unpopular clients who are accused of committing unspeakable acts. There are no snowflakes in the defence bar. But we are human too.
Last month, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi delivered a stunning rebuke of his Crown attorneys and publicly announced that they had not been following the law.