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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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Police Use of Excessive Force in Toronto. Criminal?

Police are a necessary part of any functional society, but what happens if you stop feeling protected and begin feeling threatened by your police force? It is not a society that many would choose to live in but unfortunately it is starting to become a trend in many big cities, including Toronto. On November 4, […]

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Recent Changes to the victim surcharge Law

During the sentencing hearing, an individual convicted of a criminal offence will be told that they are to pay a victim surcharge.  The victim surcharge is a monetary penalty applied upon conviction in addition to any other sentence imposed by the judge.  While it used to be the case that judges could choose not to […]

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The National Sex Offender Registry: Existing Rules and New Developments

Since 2004, the Canadian government has maintained a National Sex Offender Registry (the “National Registry”), containing data about individuals who have been convicted of sexual offences.  As a result, convictions for most sexual offences will be accompanied by an order to make regular reports to the National Registry. Recently, the Government of Canada has proposed […]

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