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National debate on marijuana heats up

Under current law, it is illegal to have marijuana on one's person, but it remains to be seen if the marijuana laws will remain the same for much longer. There are many people in Toronto who have tried marijuana, and that includes current mayor Rob Ford and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Though not a Torontonian, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, has also smoked marijuana and is currently advocating for the legalization of marijuana possession. Should he succeed, there may be many questions about just what is allowed and what is not.

Ontario minister allows all police officers to carry Tasers

Many people in Toronto have heard of the untimely death of an 18-year-old boy on a Toronto streetcar late last month. The young man's death was shocking, in part because police officer fired nine bullets at the teenager before using a Taser gun on him. Hopefully, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur's recent announcement that all police officers in Toronto can now carry Tasers will prevent these kinds of tragic deaths from happening.

Canada Border Services Agency finds cocaine in truck's paneling

In order for someone to be found guilty of a crime in Toronto, there must be clear evidence that removes any doubt that the defendant did what was charged. If there isn't, he or she cannot be convicted and should be released from custody. For many crimes in Canada, defendants must also know that they are doing something wrong. In this story, a 61-year-old man may argue that he was unaware that he was allegedly bringing cocaine into Canada.

Ontario teenager stopped for driving too slowly

In a recent arrest by Lakeshore Ontario Provincial Police, an 18-year-old from Merlin was stopped by police for driving nearly 35 km/h under the speed limit, although he was eventually arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. According to reports, the teenager had a blood alcohol content in excess of 80 milligrams. The charges are serious, especially for someone so young, and the teenager will appear in a Windsor court in mid-September.

Sudbury doctor taken into custody for sexual assault

A doctor from Sudbury was convicted of sexual assault after the Superior Court justice said that the complainant's evidence was "entirely plausible" and the evidence met the burden of proof. The alleged victim of the sexual assault had contact with the doctor from June 5, 2008, to May 8, 2009, at his clinic.

Elderly Ontario priest charged with sexual assault

Residents of Toronto may be interested to know that a 72-year-old priest was charged with sexual assault and gross indecency last week. The Arnprior, Ontario, priest had a 37-year career, serving as parishioners in Westmeath, La Passe, Braeside, and Sheenboro. He had retired eight years ago from Our Lady of Lourdes Church due to coronary artery disease.

Ontario woman arrested for domestic assault released

A 31-year-old woman from Wawa pleaded guilty to eight offences involving domestic violence toward the father of one of her children. Although the recommendation after her arrest for domestic assault was to receive a 90-day jail sentence, the judge allowed her to have a 75-day conditional sentence due to extenuating circumstances.

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