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Civility vs. Advocacy – Case Comment on Groia v. LSUC (SCC)

On June 1, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a highly anticipated decision: Groia v Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 27. Joe Groia, a commercial litigator practicing in Toronto, was appealing a finding of professional misconduct by the Law Society of Upper Canada.   While defending a client on charges of […]

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When an Impaired Charge Can be Pardoned

Few Canadians would be surprised to find out that being charged with impaired driving is not only serious but can carry severe consequences.  Despite this, impaired driving offences are one of the most common offences to be charged in the Criminal Code. Further, individuals who have been convicted of impaired driving can also apply for […]

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Why You Need a Lawyer Following a Domestic Violence Charge

Being charged with a criminal offence can be devastating.  Many people believe that because they are innocent, they do not require a lawyer, or that a lawyer is an unnecessary expense.  This is usually a mistake.  A big mistake. The criminal justice system is not always sympathetic or understanding.  The consequences of being found guilty […]

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Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

Last week, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (the Act) received Royal Assent and became law in Canada. This change in the law has the potential to save lives while our country currently faces an opioid crisis.  The recent opioid crisis seems largely tied to Fentanyl and its growing popularity amongst drug users.  Needless to […]

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Cell Phones at the Border

Privacy in the digital world is of a growing and unending concern.  With the continually increasing amount of personal information stored on cell phones, from conversations with friends and loved ones, to banking; who can access this information has become incredibly important. The advent of the “smartphone” has made the information that can be stored […]

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A Closer Look at Canada’s Crime Rates

Canada has always been viewed as a safe country to live and to visit.  Compared to our neighbours to the south, Canada’s crime rates barely register.  There are two ways to measure police-reported crime: the crime rate and the crime severity index (CSI).  The crime rate is a measurement of offences in violation of the […]

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