For three decades, wrongful convictions have been uncovered in Canada and other common law jurisdictions. Each one gives its own lesson. Does the justice system listen and learn from its mistakes? Or is it in a state of denial?
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In November 2005, 30-year old Canadian Shannon Moroney was a respected educator, proud homeowner, active volunteer and happy newlywed. While away attending a conference, a knock at her hotel room door shattered the life she knew. It was a police officer, there to deliver the shocking news that her house was a crime scene and her husband, Jason, was in custody after confessing to the violent sexual assault and kidnapping of two women.
In her dynamic presentation, hear Shannon tell the story of her husband’s arrest, trial, sentencing, and the insights she gained about justice, healing and the
As a result of Canada’s adoption of deregulated, or weaker, financial reporting requirements in 2011, a new batch of “tricks” have been appearing, designed to swindle more Canadians. Inaction by our governments is encouraging swindlers to expand their scope of trickery, because they are not being prosecuted.
This session will use real, recent examples of the Canadian nastiness that now exists. Many recommendations on how to protect yourself and warn your friends will be provided. You have to learn to protect yourself, and ignore comments from those who are unaware and deny that serious problems exist in Canada.
In Canada individuals charged with criminal offences can be found by the courts to be Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCR-MD). The Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) indicates that individuals who commit offences when their mental disorder is active and that this disorder prevents them from appreciating the nature and quality of those acts or know that they were wrong can be given the special verdict of NCR-MD. These individuals fall under the jurisdiction of provincial review boards. The Ontario Review Board holds annual hearings for these individuals to determine if the patient (also known as the
What’s working and what’s not in prevention and intervention programs for youth at risk of or involved in the Youth Criminal Justice System in our community
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Of all government functions, the public probably knows less about policing than about any other. We have little sense about:
- What police do: how many arrests does the average officer make each month?
- How they spend their time: Surely not just in Tim Horton’s!
- Whether their strategies are successful at preventing crime: does police patrol serve any useful function?
- How police are governed: do Police Service Boards play any useful role?
- How police are selected and trained: does it help getting hired if you have life experience?
- Whether racial discrimination is a factor in police work.
- Whether police
In recent years, the government has implicitly – and often explicitly – suggested that increasing the use of imprisonment is an effective method of addressing crime in this country. This view of the relationship of crime rates to punishment rates is a break from Canada’s past. Previous governments – both Liberal and Conservative – have been much more pessimistic (and realistic) about the beneficial effects of imprisonment. In addition, I would suggest that the manner in which the current government views offenders constitutes a break with the past. Previous governments have tended to develop policies based on a simple reality:
In 2013 the police-reported crime rate reached its lowest point since 1969. What does that mean? How much crime is occurring? How do we “measure” crime? What does crime look like in Canada? What perceptions do Canadians hold about crime and the Criminal Justice System? This presentation will explore various issues around those questions.