Canadian police have not seen a spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month since legalization, but there needs to be more awareness of laws around storing marijuana in vehicles and passengers smoking weed, law enforcement officials say.
The Alberta government is instructing prosecutors not to waste time and money on serious and violent cases – including first-degree murder – when they have only a “slim chance” of a conviction. Instead, they are being told to accept plea bargains to lesser offences. In minor cases, a police arrest with no prosecution at all […]
Wishing you and your loved ones all the very best during this time of year. Please be careful on the roads as impaired driving seems to go hand in hand with holidays. Remember that driving while impaired by a drug or alcohol is a criminal offence with serious consequences. Be smart and be […]
Any person under the age of 18 years who is charged with a criminal offence is entitled to the benefits provided under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
The YCJA recognizes that youth are at a stage in their lives where they are not fully developed intellectually and therefore are entitled to leniency under the law. […]
Alberta Premier-elect Rachel Notley ’90
Congratulations to Osgoode Class of 1990 graduate and Alberta’s new premier, Rachel Notley.
The charismatic NDP leader’s election victory yesterday ended four decades of unbroken Progressive Conservative rule.
Notley was a student in Osgoode’s poverty law intensive program (Parkdale Community Legal Services).
She’s yet another shining example of how […]
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
As a criminal lawyer I’m often asked how I can defend people who are accused of committing some horrible crimes. This quote by Gandhi helps explain:
“Man and his deed are two distinct things. Whereas a good deed should call forth approbation and a wicked deed disapprobation, the doer of the deed, whether good or wicked, […]