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Homicide victim laid to rest in Toronto

A 31-year-old woman who was the victim of a recent drive-by shooting in Toronto was laid to rest. The Ontario homicide victim actually just attended a funeral when she was gunned down while sitting in a parked car with three others. Police say that the suspect opened fire from a passing vehicle. The other occupants of the car occupied by the victim weren't hurt. The woman worked at a homeless shelter. Police don't believe, however, that she or any of the others in the vehicle were specifically targeted. The authorities released video footage of the incident, but no one has…

Ontario woman facing fraud charges in connection with bankruptcy

A Bolton woman, 40, is facing charges stemming from her 2017 bankruptcy. The RCMP's Integrated Bankruptcy Enforcement Unit (IBEU) laid a number of charges on the Ontario resident including fraud over $5,000 contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. She is also charged with two counts of uttering a forged document and six counts of obtaining credit by false pretense. Citizens who utilize the bankruptcy system are afforded a fresh start financially. The system is intended to help people get back on their feet. There are some individuals, however, who allegedly take advantage of the system and are usually identified by members…

Violent crimes: Woman robbed at gunpoint

A man is in police custody after allegedly robbing a woman at gunpoint. Armed robbery is among those classified as violent crimes in Ontario. The 27-year-old accused was actually charged with two similar crimes that apparently occurred in St. Clair Township within hours of each other. A 64-year-old woman was at an ATM machine when the accused is said to have approached her wearing a black mask. He supposedly pulled a gun on the woman, but it is unclear if he made away with any cash. About three hours later the same man allegedly used a handgun to rob a…

Sexual Assault Allegations and the Presumption of Innocence

Any criminal allegation must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt. All persons accused of an offence are innocent until proven guilty. That is the presumption of innocence. A sacrosanct principle that is crucial to any legitimate criminal justice system - the fundamental requirement of fairness. However, the mere statement of a complaintant can and often does result in the laying of charges. In a trial, oral evidence of a complaintant is sufficient to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt without any other evidence to support the allegation. Unfortunately the stigma and repercussions resulting from a…

Ontario man facing sexual assault charges relating to a minor

An employee at one of Canada's major banks is facing charges in connection with assaulting a minor. The 31-year-old self-described director of data science and model innovation has been charged with two counts of sexual assault after allegedly luring an underage girl on the internet. Toronto police said the accused was arrested for luring a child. In addition to two sexual assault charges, the Ontario resident is facing a charge of possessing child pornography. The man is also a public speaker. Police believe there may others who the man allegedly assaulted. Police are urging people who believe they have been on the…

Bill C-51 – Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases – A direct Attack on the Right to Make Full Answer and Defence

We have seen a significant shift in the criminal justice system over the past two years that has and will continue to erode the ability of an individual's right to make full answer and defence to allegations of sexual assault. The most controversial changes as proposed by Bill C-51 is to automatically exclude relevant evidence in the possession of the accused. Text messages, emails, pictures, video recordings, even thank you cards, that have any content related in any way to "sex" with the complainant will be presumptively inadmissible even though it involves the actual subject matter of the alleged sexual…

Violent crimes: Ontario man charged with armed robbery

A Nobleton man has been arrested and is facing robbery charges. Armed robbery is among those listed as violent crimes in Ontario. The 37-year-old is accused of robbing a highway gas station in the early evening by using a sawed-off shotgun. Cops say an employee was able to flee to another room as the suspect made off with cigarettes, some cash and lottery tickets. Police say they were able to identify the suspect, who fled in a vehicle,  by reviewing video surveillance footage. Cops were able to track the vehicle to the suspect's home, but didn't find the suspect there. Barrie…

Ontario bookkeeper guilty of fraud, may do hard time

A 59-year-old female bookkeeper from Windsor may be doing hard time in prison after being convicted of embezzling almost $1 million from her former employer. The crime took place between 2012 and 2015. After an investigation, the Ontario woman's employer found she had bilked two sister companies out of $273,000 and $685,000. She was formally charged with two counts of fraud and one count of passing forged documents. Apparently, the woman stole the money to fuel her gambling addiction, the court was told. Her lawyer asked the court to consider house arrest for the woman, who cares for her terminally ill…

Ontario subway fatality treated as a homicide by police

Police say the latest fatality in Toronto's subway wasn't an accident. They are treating the death of a man in his 20s at one of Ontario's busiest subway stations as a homicide. Police were called to the Yonge and Bloor Street station where they found the man had been killed by one of the subway trains. They later arrested a 40-year-old male suspect but have not yet laid charges. Cops reviewed video footage of the incident to come to the homicide conclusion. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) said it will see that the driver of the subway train receives any emotional support and help,…

Violent crimes on the rise in Ontario, particularly in Toronto

It seems that no neighbourhood in Toronto is safe anymore. Violent crimes are on the rise and they aren't relegated to lower income areas, either. The Bay and Yorkville area in Toronto is one of the most affluent in Ontario. Yet it is where a successful 37-year-old CEO lost his life to a gunshot in May while he was simply out for a walk. Witnesses told police the man was shot at close range by a gunman who got into a silver Mercedes after the shooting and sped away. Police don't know if the victim was targeted or if the shooting…

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

According to the Government of Canada, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids has become a national public health crisis. In an effort to protect Canadians and encourage people to prioritize saving a life, an act providing legal protection to witnesses during a crisis situation became law in May of 2017.   What Protection Does the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Afford? If you or someone that you are with is experiencing an overdose, getting help could make the difference between life and death. With that being said, the fear of facing serious consequences as a result of…

The Impact Of Arrest On A Young Person’s Future

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference” – Aristotle Even over two thousand years later, Aristotle’s words ring true. While society’s younger members often make mistakes that are attributed to lack of life experience, the foundation that they lay early on can have a significant impact on the rest of their life. The Effects Of An Early Arrest When it comes to pursuing 4-year post-secondary education and reaping the benefits often associated with an advanced degree, young people who have had experience with the criminal justice system are shown to be far less likely to benefit. A study examining the…

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