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Criminal Lawyer Explains: What’s the difference between Vehicle Seizure and Vehicle Forfeiture?

Distinguishing between Vehicle Seizure and Vehicle Forfeiture In Canada, vehicle seizure and vehicle forfeiture are two separate legal processes that are used in different situations. Vehicle seizure refers to the temporary taking of a vehicle by a law enforcement agency, such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), when the vehicle is being used …

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December: Recent SCC Decisions

Credit to the team at Supreme Advocacy Criminal Law: Homicide Hafizi v. R., 2019 ONCA 2 (40250) The Applicant went out with friends to an Ottawa nightclub in the Byward Market. While there, they clashed with a group of men. This led to an altercation. The Applicant was told to leave the nightclub. Sixteen minutes later, …

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Warrant Wednesday: Effective Policing that Causes a Divide

Two police departments in New Brunswick have been posting the full names and ages of people with outstanding warrants to their Facebook pages. Further information such as fines and jail time the people owe is also sometimes included. This is done on a weekly basis by the Woodstock and Kennebecasis police departments in what …

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Montréal Man Found Guilty of Promoting Hate Against Jewish People

Montréal man Gabriel Sohier Chaput was found guilty on January 23, 2023, of promoting hate against Jewish people based on an article posted on a far-right news website. Quebec Court Judge Manlio Del Negro rejected Gabriel’s defence that what he wrote for the Daily Stormer was satire and intended as an exaggeration.

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Lawyer facing allegations of professional misconduct after stating that “a 14 or 15-year-old girl is not a child, but a ‘sexually mature young woman’”

McCallum’s comments were met with disgust from the public and provincial government, and he was fired by the children’s aid society the next day. The Law Society Tribunal has since brought forward an allegation of professional misconduct against McCallum, alleging that he “failed to act honourably and with integrity”. 

Lawyer Faces 2 Criminal Charges After Having Manitoba Judge Followed

John Carpay, a Calgary-based lawyer and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, turned himself into the Calgary police after learning he had been charged by the Winnipeg police. The Winnipeg Police Service has charged John Carpay with intimidation of a justice system participant and the attempt to obstruct justice.  Carpay, 55, hired …

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March: Recent SCC Decisions

Criminal Law: Charter “Testimony” Cameron v. R., 2020 ABCA 276 (39444)The Applicant, Mr. Cameron, was the President, Secretary, and sole director of VTI, an Alberta company which he incorporated in 2002. In 2005, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) determined VTI violated securities law by distributing securities to British Columbia residents without complying with …

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Should Vaccinating Prisoners Be a Priority?

The decision to prioritize vaccinating prisoners during Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is a controversial move that is being met with both resistance and encouragement from political leaders and the public. Some prison rights advocates argue that inmates should receive vaccines at the same time as frontline workers, while some of the general public and …

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