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Violent crimes on the rise in Ontario, particularly in Toronto

It seems that no neighbourhood in Toronto is safe anymore. Violent crimes are on the rise and they aren't relegated to lower income areas, either. The Bay and Yorkville area in Toronto is one of the most affluent in Ontario. Yet it is where a successful 37-year-old CEO lost his life to a gunshot in May while he was simply out for a walk.

Witnesses told police the man was shot at close range by a gunman who got into a silver Mercedes after the shooting and sped away. Police don't know if the victim was targeted or if the shooting was a random incident. In any case, the victim's death left his family and friends not only grief-stricken, but shocked. Apparently, it this type of violent crime has happened in upscale areas of Toronto before. In fact there has been a recent robbery and two other murders in upscale areas.

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

According to the Government of Canada, the increasing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids has become a national public health crisis. In an effort to protect Canadians and encourage people to prioritize saving a life, an act providing legal protection to witnesses during a crisis situation became law in May of 2017.

 

The Impact Of Arrest On A Young Person's Future

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference” – Aristotle

Even over two thousand years later, Aristotle’s words ring true. While society’s younger members often make mistakes that are attributed to lack of life experience, the foundation that they lay early on can have a significant impact on the rest of their life.

Are you facing professional misconduct charges as an accountant?

As an accountant in Ontario, you would not have been where you are without investing substantial resources into gaining the qualifications necessary to practice your profession. For this reason, society typically holds CPAs to high standards of conduct. If you face allegations of misconduct, your personal and professional reputation could suffer significant harm that might even have long-term consequences.

Your chosen field of work can be intensely competitive with mounting pressure to perform. If someone accuses you of straying into questionable activities, proactive steps to obtain skilled legal counsel may put you in the best position to protect yourself.

What Are Your Rights When You Are Detained Or Arrested: Part Two

If you have been arrested or detained by the police, it can be difficult to know where you stand. Especially for individuals with no previous history of interactions with the police, the process can be overwhelming.

While there are limitations as to a person’s ability to make decisions and act on them during the arrest or detainment process, there are certain rights that all Canadians are entitled to while in police custody.

What Are Your Rights When You Are Detained Or Arrested: Part One

Whatever the circumstances, being arrested or detained by the police is stressful. Regardless of what lead to the situation that resulted in the arrest, you have certain rights that are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

From understanding the difference between detainment and arrest to knowing who to contact if you are in trouble, understanding what is expected of you and what you can expect from others is critical. No one wants to find themselves facing detainment or arrest  but should it happen, it is imperative that you know what to do.

The Implications Of A Criminal Record

The concept of a criminal record can seem vague. From understanding the difference between a crime and a provincial offence to knowing who may access a criminal record, it is important to be well-informed.

A criminal record is the record of an individual’s criminal activity, provided that they have been convicted of a crime. For offenders over the age of 18, a criminal record has the potential to have lasting consequences that can affect employment, travel, and day-to-day living.

Doctor Lies To Ontario College Of Physicians And Surgeons

A Montreal-born doctor who spent a significant part of his career practicing medicine in New York City was arrested in early 2000 for the unlawful prescription of drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. It is alleged that the doctor provided opioid-addicted patients with drugs such as fentanyl and oxycodone which, in one case, resulted in an overdose death.

According to a Toronto Star investigation, in May of the same year, the doctor signed documents provided by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons confirming that he was not facing any disciplinary actions. Following this act of dishonesty, the physician practiced in the province for two years before any mention of his wrongdoings caught up to him.

10 people dead, several injured in mass homicide in Toronto

A 25-year-old Toronto man is in police custody after killing several pedestrians by driving a van onto a busy city sidewalk. The recent incident, which garnered worldwide attention, left 10 Ontario residents dead and several others injured, some seriously. The accused has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and 14 counts of attempted murder.

Authorities are still investigating the incident, which happened on one of the busiest streets in the country. Police forces are working together to reconstruct the exact path the rental van took on its rampage. They want to find out how fast the accused man was driving, where each victim was hit and other pertinent information. They are also continuing to talk to witnesses and to the victims who are able to talk.

Understanding Ontario's marijuana laws and potential changes

Since each province will ultimately be responsible for establishing its own rules, things could especially be confusing in cities and areas that are located on the borders of multiple provinces. Some speculate that cross-border trips might become frequent if marijuana laws are much less restrictive in a neighboring province.

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