New Drinking and Driving Law in Canada Affects DUI Defence


On December 18, 2018, recent amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada will come into force that will transform the law in Canada as it relates to drinking and driving offences, including Impaired Driving and Over 80. Currently, police officers must form a “reasonable suspicion” that a person has alcohol in their body and has operated a motor vehicle within three … Read More

The Sex Offender Information Registration Act (“SOIRA”) and Christopher’s Law (Sex Offender Registry), 2000


If a person is convicted of a designated sexual offence in Ontario, or is found to be not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder for such an offence, he or she will be required to comply with the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (Canada) (“SOIRA”) and/or the Christopher’s Law (Sex Offender Registry), 2000 (Ontario) and register with the National Sex … Read More

New Carding Regulations in Ontario


On January 1, 2017, new government regulations came into effect that are designed to govern the manner in which Ontario police may collect information from individuals, commonly known as “carding”: an ineffective, discriminatory and legally questionable practice of stopping, questioning and documenting of citizens who are not suspected of breaking any law in Ontario. The new regulations provide that Ontario … Read More

Jian Ghomeshi found not guilty – criminal lawyer Mark Hogan explains why

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Verdict: Jian Ghomeshi Found Not Guilty The long awaited decision in the Jian Ghomeshi trial was handed down on Thursday March 24, 2016. As expected by many in the legal community: Jian Ghomeshi Found Not Guilty. Mr. Ghomeshi had been charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. Since the charges were laid ... Read More

What is to be done about Drunk Driving in Canada?

Are the Penalties for Drunk Driving in Canada Enough? Recent events in the news have reminded us of the grave consequences of drunk driving and reignited the debate over how to deal with this systemic problem in our society. Last week, eighteen criminal charges, including four counts of Impaired Driving Causing Death, were laid against Marco Muzzo, a young man who ... Read More

Has Your Son or Daughter Been Charged with a Drug Offence in Ontario?

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What do you do if your son or daughter is charged with drug possession or drug trafficking in Ontario? Have you received that dreaded phone call from the police informing you that your child has been caught possessing drugs or trafficking drugs in Ontario? If you have, like most parents, you probably have a host of questions, such as: “Did the ... Read More

Insider Trading and Tipping in Toronto Ontario – Lessons from Mitchell Finkelstein


In a recent decision released by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) on August 25, 2015, a panel of two OSC commissioners ordered Mitchell Finkelstein, a former Toronto Bay Street lawyer, and other members of an insider-trading ring to pay financial penalties and costs totaling almost $3 million. In March 2015, the panel ruled that Mr. Finkelstein violated securities laws when … Read More

Carding in Toronto, ON should be Abolished


The Ontario government recently unveiled an attempt to regulate the controversial police practice of carding. Carding involves the stopping, questioning and documenting of citizens who are not suspected of breaking any law in Toronto, Ontario. Any police officer may engage in the practice of carding at his or her sole discretion. The new regulations an attempt to sanitize a practice … Read More