Fairness to Victim's Act

You may’ve read the series of articles in the Globe and Mail recently about the Harper Government’s latest venture into reforming our criminal law.

It turns out that the text of the Bill they sent on to the Senate had several errors in it.  It wasn’t the one they’d passed.  It was missing some clauses meant to be included in what they’ve called the Victims Bill of Rights.

Oscar Pistorius - What if it happened here?

The Oscar Pistorius Trial has had some of us captivated.  But what if it happened in Canada?  Here are a few comparative comments along with an explanatory note or two:

Is Preventing Poverty Charitable?

Ask a random person on the street if an organization’s goal was to prevent poverty, would they be considered charitable and you would likely get a resounding yes. Ask Canada Revenue Agency however, and you will get the exact opposite answer.

What happened to the Right to Reasonable Bail?

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association just released a comprehensive paper on a major problem in Canada’s criminal justice system: too many people are languishing in our jails because they haven’t been granted bail. Entitled “Set Up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention” details how the rates of those awaiting trial while in custody now exceed the numbers of those who have been found guilty and sentenced.

Don't be Set Adrift - Speak to a Lawyer

I recently returned from a weekend camping adventure in beautiful Muskoka. On the last day of the trip, my friend had nearly tipped the canoe while boarding, which might have caused me to strike my head against the rocks. Thankfully the only damage was to our outdoorsmen reputations.

Law 101 - Expert Evidence

This is the written version of a presentation made by Andrew Spurgeon to the Hamilton Medical Legal Society at the Autumn Seminar.