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Decision sparks debate over victim impact statements

A court in New Brunswick has overturned an earlier ruling in which the presiding judge doubled the sentence asked for by both the prosecution and defence after hearing the victim’s impact statement.

Victims rights groups fear their voices are being silenced, but thers have applauded the reversal, lauding it as an example of “dry-eyed justice.” Chief [...]

Government funding to combat hate crimes

Six Toronto religious centers will receive $90,000 in funding to increase security in an effort to guard against hate crimes in the city. The Security Infrastructure Pilot program was created in 2007 and is a $3-million, three-year program. Read the story here.

Justice Minsiter: ‘Honour’ killings won’t appear in Criminal Code

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has ended weeks of speculation by quashing suggestions that so-called ‘honour’ killings might be added to Canada’s Criminal Code. The idea had been floated by cabinet colleague Ms. Rona Ambrose. The minister noted that Canada “already has very strong provisions” regarding murder. Women’s groups had criticized the measure as it would [...]

Class action launched over G20 arrests, detentions

A class action suit has been initiated against the Toronto Police Services and the federal government (for actions of the RCMP) over the arbitrary arrests and detentions of 800 people in Toronto on June 26-27, 2010.  The suit focuses on people who were detained and then released without charge, but this may change in the [...]

Student fails fitness test, CEGEP withholds diploma

A Quebec student and his sister are launching a lawsuit against their CEGEP.  The school withheld the students’ diplomas after they failed a cardio-vascular fitness test required to graduate.  According to the Montreal Gazette, the students have met the Education Ministry’s requirements for graduation and the fitness test requirement is imposed by the CEGEP.  Read more.

Toronto mayoral candidate endorsed by anti-Pride pastor

The Toronto Star is reporting that Rob Ford has won the endorsement of fundamentalist pastor Wendell Brereton. Mr. Brereton has been openly critical of homosexuality and gay marriage, his website stating: “”My kind of Toronto doesn’t parade immorality and call it pride.”

Ford declared his approval of Mr. Brereton’s platform, but stopped short of voicing support [...]

Wall in Kenginston becomes community forum on G20

The Toronto Star reports on a project in Kensington market which is letting Toronto citizens vent about their experiences during G20.  A spectrum of opinions and comments have been scrawled onto the side of a building at Augusta and Nassau.  If you’re in Toronto, go check it out!

AG contradicts its own report while defending guards on duty during prison murder

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the Attorney General’s office has been caught contradicting official prison records while defending guards who failed to prevent the gruesome murder of Donald Mongeon in Collins Bay Penitentiary in 1999.

Guards are supposed to check the prisoners’ cells hourly and perform unscheduled spot checks in addition.  While the AG is arguing [...]

BlackBerry Messenger Plays an Intricate Role in Civil Liberties

Governments from around the world demand access to monitor private cell phones.
Research In Motion is caught in the struggle between a corporate mandate and a struggle for human rights. Saudi Arabia, India and Russia demand encryption codes for BlackBerry software that will allow government security teams to monitor BlackBerry conversations. Currently BlackBerry has a strong [...]

SCC: Financial damages appropriate for Charter breaches

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a ruling awarding $5,000 to a Vancouver lawyer who argued that a strip search violated his Section 8 right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. The trial judge found that, although the police did not act in bad faith and were not liable in tort, the [...]