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Petty Theft vs Grand Larceny

July 1st, 2019|Blogs, Other Crimes|

What are the differences? Petty theft and grand larceny are basically the same offences. Both are defined as the unlawful taking and carrying away of the personal property of another [...]

Vehicular Manslaughter & Homicide

June 3rd, 2019|Blogs, Driving Offences|

Vehicular accidents are horrifying enough without adding injury or death to the scene. Being responsible for injuring or killing someone while driving would have to be categorized as anyone’s worse [...]

2019 Criminal Law Reform Update

May 15th, 2019|Blogs|

Changes are finally coming for Canada’s criminal laws. In March 2018, the Liberals introduced drastic changes in legislation regarding white collar crimes, illegal drug sales, how trials are handled. C-75 [...]

Important Legal Changes on the Horizon For Aboriginals 

May 1st, 2019|Blogs, Other Crimes|

Face it, Canadian aboriginals continue to experience many constraints in their lives. Some are due to indigenous laws and cultural lifestyles, while others stem from deep-seated bias. In a report [...]

What to Do if You Are Charged with Abuse or Family Violence

April 15th, 2019|Blogs, Violent Crime|

The Family Violence Initiative has been around since 1988 and counts on 15 departments and government agencies to tackle the overwhelming incidence of family violence. This initiative is marshalled by [...]

When is Assault Defendable?

April 1st, 2019|Blogs, Violent Crime|

It is important to understand that Canadian law delineates between three levels of assault:  Common assault, which is the least serious, involves pushing, slapping, punching, and verbal threats (level 1). [...]

What Privacy Rights Do I Have on My Electronic Devices?

March 25th, 2019|Blogs|

In the recent past, Canada’s privacy laws offered little personal protection even though the increasing use of smart devices posed a serious threat to citizens. The privacy laws were limited [...]

BCCLA Fights for Expansion of Medically Assisted Dying Law

February 28th, 2019|Blogs|

In 2016 Bill C-14 was passed by the Parliament of Canada, which amended the Canadian Criminal Code to legalize both medically assisted dying and assisted suicide laws in Canada.  Formally [...]

Supreme Court Finds Prisoner Risk Assessment Tests Biased

February 13th, 2019|Blogs|

When an inmate is first placed in the custody of Correctional Service Canada (CSC) a full intake assessment is used to review the information provided by the police and the [...]

Legal Self-Defence: The Odds Are in Your Favour

January 20th, 2019|Blogs, Other Crimes, Violent Crime|

The definition of self-defence is when a person uses force or a weapon to protect one’s body and one’s property from harm. Contrary to popular belief, the Criminal Code of [...]