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R. v. Le: questions left unanswered about the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure

On May 31, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down an important Charter decision: R. v. Le, 2019 SCC 34. In a 3-2 split decision, the majority of the Court allowed Mr. Le’s appeal and excluded the evidence upon which he was convicted, pursuant to section 24(2) of the Charter. The basis of the […]

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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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Similar Act Evidence in Criminal Trials to Prove Identity of the Offender

In some situations there are many crimes committed by the same person.  The prosecutor only has a strong case establishing the identity in one of the incidents.  How does the prosecutor attempt to prove the other crimes?  The answer is similar act evidence applications. The Prosecutor is generally not allowed to lead propensity evidence during […]

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