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Without proper training, cops with Tasers could result in misuse

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Strict guidelines and training are necessary if the expanded use of Tasers in Ontario will be a positive step forward… Read the full story here.

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With police power must come responsibility

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A woman criminally charged over an Instagram photo she posted online may be an example of the police overusing their powers to express disapproval of an individual’s actions… read the full story here.

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NCR reforms ‘knee-jerk’ reaction

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Legislation proposing a high-risk designation for those declared not criminally responsible is little more than a knee-jerk reaction with almost no meaningful evidence behind it… Read the full story here.

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Parole Board sidesteps natural justice and fairness in revoked pardon

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Though pardons are revoked on occasion, alleged terrorist Raed Jaser’s case represents a “highly unusual” situation… Read the full story here.

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New Cyberbullying Law in Nova Scotia

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A new Nova Scotia law that aims to protect victims of cyberbullying is just one piece of a larger puzzle in addressing inappropriate online behaviour… Read the full story here.

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The limitations of the criminal justice system

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Sentencing someone for a crime that they have committed is one thing.  But what should be done when it is apparent that a young person is headed down the wrong path?  Is the criminal justice system the right place to deal with these concerns or are there other avenues?  Read the story here.

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Lack of participation in jury system by First Nations people labelled a crisis

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A recent report reveals a disturbing pattern whereby First Nations people are over-represented in our jails but under-represented in the jury system.  Read the article here.

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Divisional Court upholds Commissions decision not to revoke settlement agreement

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In a recent Divisional Court decision (January 11, 2013), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied the Appellant’s appeal to set aside an earlier order of the Ontario Securities Commission approving a settlement he had entered into with the staff of the Commission.

The Appellant, Andrew Rankin, was charged with insider trading and tipping under sections 76(1) and (2) of the Securities Act. It was alleged that he had given confidential information obtained through his employment at RBC Dominion Securities Inc. ...

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Fraudster reprimanded by OSC for his part in $40-million Ponzi scheme

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On Tuesday March 5, 2013, The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) reprimanded a former dentist for his involvement in a $40-million Ponzi scheme.  This was part of the settlement agreement that Peter Sbaraglia entered into before the OSC.  Sbaraglia can now only own limited securities through his RRSP and is permanently banned from ever becoming an officer or director of any company or investment firm registered with the OSC.  At his hearing, Sbaraglia admitted to his role in having raised $21 ...

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Sentencing issues for ‘simple’ possession of child pornography

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In Canada, the maximum sentence for ‘simple’ possession of child pornography is 5 years in jail where the Crown proceeds by Indictment (see section 163.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada). There is a minimum jail term of 45 days upon conviction. Over the years the legislation has been amended and the penalties are definitely getting stiffer here in Canada.

However, in the United States the sentencing regime for ‘simple’ possession of child pornography is about to become a whole lot ...

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