CARDING – I THINK THE PROBLEM IS: that most people don’t understand what it is. You’re sitting in the park or outside of your house or in your car in a parking lot talking to someone – minding your own business and doing nothing illegal – when the police approach you, demand you identify yourself, explain and justify what you’re doing and perhaps even search you. Their uniform, authoritarian tone of voice and demeanour and veiled threat intimidate you into compliance. They have no authority to do this but prudence suggests you should comply. They record who you are, where you were, when you were there, what you were doing and who you were with so they can compare this information in past and future crimes investigations.
- 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?