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The Year of Carding

The Year of Carding

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

It feels like 2015 was the year of “carding” in Toronto. Arguably, when various descriptions of the practice are considered, carding occurs when police officers, based on their own hunches, whims or subjective, often problematic motives, rather than any approved method or system of legal justification, in the absence of criminal suspicion, decide to stop […]

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Using Rhymes to Prove Crimes: Hip-Hop Lyrics as Evidence Against the Author in Criminal Prosecutions – Some Context*

Using Rhymes to Prove Crimes: Hip-Hop Lyrics as Evidence Against the Author in Criminal Prosecutions – Some Context*

| October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hip-hop lyrics are multi-dimensional. They can be pointed political speech attracting controversy with intramolecular force. For some, they are art for art’s sake; poetic licence made manifest. They can be an athletic exercise of verbal dexterity and Olympian word play. For the professional or aspiring rap star, lyrics and rhymes are commercial speech that s/he […]

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Despite the Catastrophic Consequences, Impaired Driving Causing Death Is Not Murder

Despite the Catastrophic Consequences, Impaired Driving Causing Death Is Not Murder

| October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

When a brother loses his sister and father to a drunk driver in the same collision that seriously injured his mother, the emotions are visceral. The last thing he wants to hear is that his beliefs about the justice system, expressed through his anger and grief, are not completely well grounded. Anyone can understand his […]

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Caught Up in the System: For Empowerment, Challenging Child Protection Institutions Is Not Enough

Caught Up in the System: For Empowerment, Challenging Child Protection Institutions Is Not Enough

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Something has been happening in the child protection system in Toronto; it has a racial dynamic. Reports have revealed that although blacks or African Canadians are only about 4% of the Ontario population, and just 8% of Toronto’s population, they represent about 41% of all the children and youth in the care of the Children’s […]

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