Archive:  2020

The recent furor over the Marc Nadon appointment provides another micro-example. It will be recalled that the Harper government proposed the appointment of semi-retired Justice of Appeal Marc Nadon to replace Justice Morris Fish as a Quebec appointee to the bench.
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13
Nov
2020
Digging in Deeper to the Law and Order Agenda
November 13th, 2020
In the last couple of days, the media has also published some interesting insights on how the setbacks are affecting policy, and how, outside of the courtroom, the government may be trying to shape the agenda.
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A couple of duty officers from Alberta were traveling in eastern British Columbia when they noticed Mr. Van de Graaff, who was driving terribly. And if there were any doubt about just how bad driving was, those doubts were dispelled by some of the video the one of those fellows took and presented to the Judge.
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11
Sep
2020
So What’s the Deal With “Dead Time” Anyway?
September 11th, 2020
Imagine the same 7-Eleven store, in the same city, on the same night, having the same chocolate bar (let’s say a Snickers) shoplifted by two different individuals within hours of one another. Today we take a closer look at this situation
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In a pair of decisions originating in British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada has handed down two important decisions affecting the rights of prisoners in Canada.
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What this was, was a creative and fearless lawyer who thought something was wrong, and he stood up to fight it.  Had he not done so, Nadon, J. would be a Justice of Canada’s highest Court. 
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24
Jun
2020
The Mandatory Minimums Keep Falling
June 24th, 2020
Mandatory minimum jail sentences for certain drug offenders provided for penalties that are so harsh that they can be described as being “abhorrent”, “intolerable”, “grossly disproportionate” and “cruel and unusual.” There is ample evidence that the trend is not limited to the downtown eastside, and not just to the drug world.
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As part of its ongoing effort to “toughen” the criminal law in Canada, and in a nod to the American experience, the Canadian government under the Prime Minister has been stiffening the penalties for a whole range of criminal offences.
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Whether to Say No to the Blow – If You’re Gonna Do It, Prepare to Defend It
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