In Ontario when a domestic assault situation is called into police SOMEONE WILL BE ARRESTED. “Some are under the impression that when a woman is being abused by her male partner, all she has to do is call 911 and the police will arrive like knights in shining armour. This is not always the reality. Currently across Canada, one person or both involved in the violence are charged right away with a criminal offense, taken to jail and through a costly justice system.” A woman charged says “We had no idea how the system worked, we had no one to turn to to find out what we should do. She had a part-time job, but earned too much for legal aid and too little to afford a lawyer.” Zero tolerance policies never, ever work but rather promote injustices.
- 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?