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What is the Difference Between Over 80 and...

This is a common question among those charged with drinking and driving offences. Although these charges are not the same, they are closely related as these charges carry the same penalties and are often laid together. You may be found guilty of both, although a conviction can be entered for only one of the charges at a time. Although they may appear the same, they require different methods of proof and different defences. Section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada describes impaired driving as: Everyone commits an offence who operates a motor vehicle or vessel or operates or assists in the operation of an aircraft or of railway equipment or has the care or control of a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment, whether it is in motion or not, while the person’s ability to operate the vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment is impaired by alcohol or…

13 Feb 2018

The #MeToo Movement and Reasonable Doubt

8 Feb 2018

Throughout the #metoo movement, countless men have been accused of criminal offences such as,  sexual assault, criminal harassment, sexual interference and other criminal offence allegations involving  sexual misconduct.  In the wake…

Is it a Crime to Use Scalper Bots?

6 Feb 2018

As for December 14,  2017, scalper bots became a provincial criminal offence in Ontario. A bill to protect ticket buyers was passed on December 14, 2017. Those against the legislation…

What is a Crown Pre-Trial?

1 Feb 2018

Once disclosure has been provided, counsel will need to discuss your case with the Crown.  In complex cases the discussion will require the presence of a judge.  These pre-trial discussions…

What Are Ontario’s New Careless and...

30 Jan 2018

New driving legislation in Ontario means tougher penalties for distracted and careless driving.   New Ontario bylaws will mean automatic driver’s licence suspension for convicted distracted…

What are the Current Marihuana Laws in...

19 Jan 2018

As the recreational use of marihuana grows, it is important to note that marihuana remains a controlled substance, prohibited under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. Possessing and selling marihuana…

Is it a Crime to Vape Indoors?

18 Jan 2018

   According to the Electronic Cigarettes Act (2015), an electronic cigarette is considered a vaporizer or inhalant-type device that contains a power source and heating element, designed to heat a…