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February

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Will the Federal Government Decriminalise Marijuana?

Marijuana has long been an unsettled issue, both in Canada and the United States. Now, the federal government has announced it will likely propose legislation in 2017 to decriminalise marijuana – something that could bring clarity to the law for everyone. Both the Health Minister and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have lent their support to the proposed legislation. Continue reading

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January

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Mental Health Issues and Criminal Offences

In recent years, new light has been shed on the link between mental health issues and criminal offences. Not only are individuals with mental health disorders more likely to be involved in the commission of a criminal offence – they are also more likely to be the victim of an offence. According to one psychotherapist, “mentally ill people are disproportionately victimized by violent crime” and “some types of severe mental illness increase the risk that a person will perpetuate a violent crime.” Continue reading

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January

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Auto Theft Gets High Tech

When most people think about auto theft, they picture an individual hot-wiring a vehicle in a dark alley or a secluded driveway. According to a recent news report, however, auto theft can and does happen in broad daylight and in conspicuous areas. Furthermore, auto thieves have turned to modern technology to make theft more expedient. Continue reading

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December

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Can I Be Extradited from Canada for a Criminal Offence?

Being charged with a crime in your home province or elsewhere in the country is intimidating and stressful. Being charged with a criminal offence abroad can add stress and frustration to what is already an emotionally traumatizing experience. Continue reading

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December

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RCMP Tackles Cybercrime

When most people hear the word “cybercrime,” they think of a shadowy, mysterious network of hackers who break into the computer networks of large corporations to steal money or valuable information. Last year, cybercrime made international news when hackers broke into the computer systems at Sony to steal emails and other data and uploaded a virus to the movie studio’s computers. Continue reading

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