We all know that in unrelated traffic stops police often claim to smell the odour of marijuana as an excuse to search the vehicle. I have always argued that the odour of burnt cannabis in a car is indicative that there WAS (past tense) weed smoked in the car at some time in the past not that there’s more in the car now. Besides, we also know how the smell of any smoke can linger on a person or in a place for a long time. In Canada, because odour is transient, it blows in the wind and the assertion cannot be tested in court, the odour of cannabis alone is NOT sufficient to establish reasonable grounds to believe cannabis is in the vehicle. More is required to justify a search.
- Youth Justice and the New Toronto Courthouse – This is an interesting view of the workings of our youth court system.
- A Tesla full of lawyers. Very predictable.
- CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK – It’s no wonder you don’t know what the present and long-term results of being in contact with the police will be. The rules have been decided but Ontario has not made them into law yet.
- MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES – Parliament needs to remove them all from the criminal code. “There were 29 offences carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment as of 2015, according to the Department of Justice, and several more that carry mandatory minimum punishments that do not include prison time.”
- FUTURE TORONTO ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE – This is bound to be controversial in many ways. For one, all of the “borough” courts (North York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, College Park, Old City Hall and 311 Jarvis) will be consolidated into one downtown central location for the entire city of Toronto. (Except for Etobicoke which will continue to be used but only for in custody bail hearings.) It will be across the street from the Superior Court of Justice courthouse and the Ontario Court of Appeal. One location for everything. Parking?