National debate on marijuana heats up Month: August 2013

Month: August 2013

National debate on marijuana heats up

Under current law, it is illegal to have marijuana on one's person, but it remains to be seen if the marijuana laws will remain the same for much longer. There are many people in Toronto who have tried marijuana, and that includes current mayor Rob Ford and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Though not a Torontonian, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, has also smoked marijuana and is currently advocating for the legalization of marijuana possession. Should he succeed, there may be many questions about just what is allowed and what is not. Although legalizing marijuana for personal use is…

Ontario minister allows all police officers to carry Tasers

Many people in Toronto have heard of the untimely death of an 18-year-old boy on a Toronto streetcar late last month. The young man's death was shocking, in part because police officer fired nine bullets at the teenager before using a Taser gun on him. Hopefully, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur's recent announcement that all police officers in Toronto can now carry Tasers will prevent these kinds of tragic deaths from happening. It may be that Toronto police officers needed to arrest the teenager when he brandished a knife on the streetcar, but they should not have…

Canada Border Services Agency finds cocaine in truck’s paneling

In order for someone to be found guilty of a crime in Toronto, there must be clear evidence that removes any doubt that the defendant did what was charged. If there isn't, he or she cannot be convicted and should be released from custody. For many crimes in Canada, defendants must also know that they are doing something wrong. In this story, a 61-year-old man may argue that he was unaware that he was allegedly bringing cocaine into Canada. The Colborne, Ontario, man was crossing into Canada on the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor and was stopped by officers with the Canada…

Ontario teenager stopped for driving too slowly

In a recent arrest by Lakeshore Ontario Provincial Police, an 18-year-old from Merlin was stopped by police for driving nearly 35 km/h under the speed limit, although he was eventually arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. According to reports, the teenager had a blood alcohol content in excess of 80 milligrams. The charges are serious, especially for someone so young, and the teenager will appear in a Windsor court in mid-September. Many people in Etobicoke reading this may wonder why the young man was stopped in the first place? Ontario Provincial Police are meant to check on people who are…

Sudbury doctor taken into custody for sexual assault

A doctor from Sudbury was convicted of sexual assault after the Superior Court justice said that the complainant's evidence was "entirely plausible" and the evidence met the burden of proof. The alleged victim of the sexual assault had contact with the doctor from June 5, 2008, to May 8, 2009, at his clinic. The investigation of the doctor began after a complaint was lodged against him. The alleged victim said that she was the subject of inappropriate touching and sexual advances, beginning on June 5, 2008. She said that the doctor attempted to hug and kiss her on repeated incidences. She also…

Three facing charges for allegedly growing marijuana

Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police took three people who are believed to be involved in a marijuana-growing enterprise into custody. The three individuals are now facing drug charges for their alleged involvement in the crime. Bancroft police found 163 marijuana plants in Limerick Township in a bush area, part of rural Bancroft. The discovery occurred after they received a report regarding a suspicious vehicle that was spotted in the area. The Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit, the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, the Emergency Response Team and the Canine Unit all participated in the process. They searched the area and located the substances…

Carlow drug bust leads to two arrests

A traffic stop west of Carlow resulted in two men facing various charges. Officers from Huron County Ontario Provincial Police stopped the vehicle, determined that one of the men was being sought already and took both men into custody after finding marijuana in the vehicle. The officers stopped a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck on Blyth Road after 11 p.m. During the stop, officers talked with the two men in the vehicle. Once the police officers found out that one of the men was suspected of criminal harassment, they took him into custody. They then searched the vehicle and allegedly located what…

Elderly Ontario priest charged with sexual assault

Residents of Toronto may be interested to know that a 72-year-old priest was charged with sexual assault and gross indecency last week. The Arnprior, Ontario, priest had a 37-year career, serving as parishioners in Westmeath, La Passe, Braeside, and Sheenboro. He had retired eight years ago from Our Lady of Lourdes Church due to coronary artery disease. The alleged sexual assault occurred while the priest was serving in Pembroke, Ontario, at Holy Name Parish. He had also worked as a youth probation officer and as a chaplain for the Pembroke Jail and the Pembroke Police Service during his career. The priest was…

Ontario woman arrested for domestic assault released

A 31-year-old woman from Wawa pleaded guilty to eight offences involving domestic violence toward the father of one of her children. Although the recommendation after her arrest for domestic assault was to receive a 90-day jail sentence, the judge allowed her to have a 75-day conditional sentence due to extenuating circumstances. The woman faced charges for dangerous driving, assault and breaching probation and other court orders. According to court documentation, the woman assaulted the father of her youngest child on February 11 and on February 18 after they got into arguments. The first assault included the woman punching, clawing, biting and kicking…


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