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Convicted drug dealer faced 'oppressive' conditions inside Toronto jail, judge rules

| CBC News

An Ontario judge cited "unduly harsh custodial conditions" in sparing further jail time for a small-time drug dealer who was busted after selling heroin to an undercover police officer.

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Pot testing problem at the TTC

| Now Magazine

How can the transit provider be so sure of the accuracy of a drug test for cannabis that the Department of Justice recently concluded is ineffective in determining impairment?

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Trial and error: criminal justice reform

| Law Times

At the end of March, the Trudeau government introduced new legislation that it claims will modernize the criminal justice system, reduce court delays, reduce the overpopulation of Indigenous people in Canadian jails, clean up the Criminal Code, and ensure a broader representation of marginalized people in the court process. Bill C-75 would, it promised, “transform the criminal justice system to make it more efficient, effective, fair, and accessible.”

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Choice to be a sex worker driven by poverty, overregulation of trades

| The Lawyer's Daily

Ever since the Supreme Court decision in Bedford v. Canada [2013] 3 SCR 1101, 2013 SCC 72, where the bizarre half-measure laws in the Criminal Code around sex work were struck down, sex work has been some kind of a legal grey area: not exactly legal, but with the police mostly turning a blind eye to it.

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Shorten timelines and improve perverse system

| Law Times

On a recent occasion, I listened to a family lawyer colleague talk about the circumstances of a case where the parties seemed to be really intransigent. The case had had a number of twists and what seemed to me to be some bad behaviour on both sides. I was curious enough to ask how long the case had been going on.

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Why cocaine is expensive: Time for a real war on drugs

| The Lawyer's Daily

Why is the price of cocaine so damn high? Cocaine looks just like sugar, but I can walk into any Starbucks and get a gram of sugar for free. Cocaine would cost me around $100 per gram. This is the principal question that we must be concerned with in order to understand, and reduce, the incentives for drug trafficking.

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Is prosecuting Dellen Millard a third time for murder a waste of time and resources?

| Toronto Star

Should Millard be tried a third time for murder? Dellen Millard has now twice been found guilty of first-degree murder, and received two life sentences, which means he could conceivably not be eligible to apply for parole until he is in his 80s.

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Time for graduated licensing for lawyers

| Law Times

Graduated licensing for drivers in Ontario started in 1994. At the time it was introduced, it was touted that the policy was going to save tens of millions of dollars in accident prevention and lives.

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Ontario Court of Appeal upholds free speech as it throws out trespass notice

| The Lawyer's Daily

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that quashed a trespassing charge against a self-described citizen journalist for protesting on town property is being described by lawyers as a victory for free speech rights.

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Roadside saliva testing and marijuana

| The Lawyer's Daily

As the Trudeau-led Liberal government intends to pass legislation to legalize marijuana, there has been a great deal of commentary indicating that we can therefore accept that impaired driving from the consumption of marijuana will increase significantly.

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