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Licence to Kill: Why addiction treatment system doesn't work

| The Lawyer's Daily

I remember the first time I took my Class G road driving test. At that point, I had been driving without incident for approximately three years with my G2 licence.

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Why I support Ryerson's Law School

| Canadian Lawyer

I talk to a lot of law students who oppose the creation of another law school in Ontario and are not happy that Ryerson University’s law school has been approved by the Law Society of Ontario. I know how they feel. Many of them are in six-figure debt and are facing down the prospect of a competitive job market in their late twenties.

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Law is a marathon, not a sprint

| Law Times

Law students often hear the same piece of advice: Article at a Bay Street firm and work there for a year or two or three. Get experience under your belt and establish pedigree. Make good money and pay off your debt.

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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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