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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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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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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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6 Influential Black Canadians In Canadian Law

Black History Month is a month to celebrate influential Black Canadians and their accomplishments and contributions to Canada’s history, culture, development and heritage. In honour of Black History Month, we’re summarizing the work and legacy of six influential Black Canadians who made breakthroughs in Canadian Law.  James Douglas, the father of British Columbia  James …

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The Problem with Alberta’s Impaired Driving Laws

The province of Alberta introduced changes to its impaired driving laws late last year. Under this new legislation, police will give first-time impaired driving offenders stiff fines instead of a criminal court trial. The province believes that the new impaired driving laws will take some of the pressure off of overworked police and Court …

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