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The COVID-19 Injustice System

If an innocent person is held in jail and not allowed to set a trial and a guilty person on bail is not allowed to plead guilty, can we really call it a justice system? There is no need to construct a fanciful hypothetical to answer the...

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The COVID-19 Injustice System

We Need To Strengthen Legal Aid Post-COVID

It was almost a year ago that Doug Ford pulled the rug out from under Ontario’s legal aid system when he cruelly slashed Legal Aid Ontario's budget by $133 million. The 30-per-cent budget cut was immediate and without warning. Then Ford lied to...

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We Need To Strengthen Legal Aid Post-COVID

The Right to Bail During COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis the federal government has said it is concerned about the spread of the virus in Canadian jails and prisons. Speaking to reporters last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted the increased COVID-19...

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The Right to Bail During COVID-19

Top Priorities for Ottawa Criminal Court’s Post COVID-19

It feels like it has been a lifetime, but only a month has passed since Ottawa's and Ontario’s courtrooms, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, closed their doors to most cases. Running on a skeleton crew, the criminal justice system has been...

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Top Priorities for Ottawa Criminal Court’s Post COVID-19

What are your rights during COVID-19?

How much freedom are we willing to give up, and for how long? A month ago, it all would have been unthinkable. Government-mandated physical distancing rules. Expanded police powers. Big Brother snitch lines. Blockades at provincial borders. It...

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What are your rights during COVID-19?

How much freedom are we willing to give up for COVID-19?

If you have any questions about the justice system and COVID-19 or you are looking for legal counsel to assist with your case our office remains open to assist. Initial consultations are always free. You can phone or email any of our lawyers at...

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How much freedom are we willing to give up for COVID-19?

Update: COVID-19

UPDATED MARCH 24, 2020 It is very important that we all take the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously. This is going to mean a change to how we normally do business for the next few weeks. Public health officials have recommended that we all...

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Update: COVID-19

COVID-19 and Ontario’s courts

Don’t come to court. This is the unprecedented message from Ontario’s top judges. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice have taken the necessary and unprecedented step of...

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COVID-19 and Ontario’s courts

COVID-19: The Government Must Release all non-violent inmates

Ontario’s jails, including the notorious Innes Road detention centre in Ottawa, are filthy, overcrowded, and populated by some of our community’s most vulnerable people. In other words, they are a perfect petri dish for the spread of the novel...

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COVID-19: The Government Must Release all non-violent inmates

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