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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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Travelling and Mistake of Law

We live in a great time for international travel.  With ever-increasing economic accommodation alternatives ranging from Airbnb to daily seat sales on flights, it has never been so easy to travel.  Traveling can be an exciting and life-changing adventure. This article only deals with Canadian law.  The point being, before you travel, research the local […]

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The Degrees of Murder

Few offenses in the Criminal Code garner as much attention as murder.  There is often confusion between what differentiates first and second-degree murder.  The difference between the two is not complex but making out a case for first-degree murder remains a high bar to meet for the prosecution.  For a person convicted, the difference can […]

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Criminal Conspiracy Charges and Why They Can be Complicated

Criminal conspiracy allegations are often complex. In many conspiracy cases the evidence is circumstantial, and for the accused to be found guilty, a number of key elements need to be proven. Below are some of the most important elements of the offence. Agreement of Parties In order to make out a criminal conspiracy, there needs […]

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Criminal Harassment

The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits deliberate conduct that causes psychological harm and/or results in reasonable fear for one’s safety. Criminal harassment includes behaviour such as ‘stalking’ or unwanted communication and often has to do with repeated conduct over a period of time. Being charged with criminal harassment has a heightened stigma due to the […]

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Sharing Digital Images and How it Can Come Back to Bite You

What happens when you share an intimate picture of your ex-partner and it ends up going viral for the world to see?  Depending on whether or not you had permission to share it, you could end up facing serious consequences.  Sharing digital images that were believed to be private and are intimate is a serious […]

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Impaired Driving: What You Need to Know

If you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the province of Ontario, you will be subjected to some of the toughest laws in North America.  Ontario takes great pride in its initiatives to reduce impaired driving.  In 2015, according to Statistics Canada, Ontario reported some of the lowest numbers of […]

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