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Arrested at the Border – What Were They Thinking?

Following our recent post about the TV program “Border Security: Canada’s Front Line”, we thought we’d take a look at the different reasons people get arrested at our border and others. Viewers of the show may be surprised to see what actions actually do not bring on an arrest. In most cases, not declaring a…

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Why Mike Tyson was Allowed to Enter Canada

If you google ‘the baddest man on the planet’, many of the top results point to ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. With a reputation like that, it’s no surprise that trouble seems to closely follow boxing’s former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Convicted of rape in 1992, Tyson has since faced charges of assault in 1998…

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Border Security – Canadian TV Show Reveals the Difficulty of Travelling with a Criminal Record

About six times a week, the pumping beat of the Eurythmics’ ‘Would I Lie to You’ starts playing on National Geographic Canada’s channel. When it does it’s time for ‘Border Security: Canada’s Frontline’, a reality show that captures the day-to-day work of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). As a Canadian, you owe it to…

Are Criminal Record Checks Becoming too Costly and Invasive?

We all know that having a criminal record can, among other things, prevent you from getting a job, travelling out of the country, registering for school and/or volunteering. But what most people don’t know is the extent that the criminal background checks are beginning to affect the lives of more and more Canadians. Including their…

Could Distracted Driving Become a Criminal Offence?

Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores the recent phenomena of distracted driving in Canada, and suggests that the offence could become criminal if current trends continue. Over the last 5 years Canadians have seen distracted driving become the focus of provincial laws and law enforcement agencies nationwide. With the arrival of…

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Canada’s Litany of White Collar Criminals

Let’s face it, Canadians are a little smug when it comes to the perceived differences in the crime rates between us and the USA. Despite the fact that some statistics show rates for certain crimes are lower in the US, we like to think that Canadians are much safer and less likely to be victimized…

Understanding Your Criminal Record

Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores some of the most frequently asked questions about understand one’s criminal record. Currently, there are over 5 million people in Canada who have a criminal record. Nonetheless, many of these individuals know very little about the record they hold. Many are uncertain and unaware of…

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Labour-Day weekend travellers to U.S. with criminal record should “expect problems”, warns Ottawa firm

Hopeful travellers attempting to cross the U.S. border this Labour Day weekend with a criminal record could face detainment, denial of entry or worse, says CEO of Pardon & Waiver firm OTTAWA, ON  – Canadian travellers with a criminal record who attempt to cross the U.S. border this long-weekend may be subject to detainment, denial…

What if Cigarette Purchases Were Banned in Canada?

Konrad Bongard, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores a recent proposal by the British Medical Association to ban cigarette purchases to anyone born after 2000, and suggests that a similar enactment in Canada could be a step back in the war against smoking. In late June, the British Medical Association voted to enact…

Thrown Out of Court – When Defendants Exhale

Fortunately, most Canadians will never appear in court accused of a crime. And far fewer still will ever hear the words ‘case dismissed’ before the case is completed or a sentence is handed down. While it might mean that some guilty people walk free, for the accused, it just doesn’t get any better than to…

Toronto the “Good” or Toronto the “Hood”?

Konrad Bongard, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores the geography of crime in Toronto and Canada, and makes a surprising suggestion for those looking to reduce the chances of the impact on crime. Earlier this month, Toronto teacher Abshir Hassan was shot and killed in Lawrence Heights.  What followed was public commemoration, and…

Life After OxyContin: Exploring Drug Liberalization in Canada

Konrad Bongard, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, provides an update on life after the 2012 patent expiry of OxyContin and explores the drug liberalization debate in Canada today. On Nov. 25, 2012, the patent for brand-name OxyContin expired in Canada. Coinciding with the patent’s expiration, Health Canada immediately approved OxyNeo, a tamper-proof oxycodone…

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And the City with the Lowest Crime Rate in Canada is…

Canada, and every major metropolitan area in it, continues to see lower and lower crime rates with each passing year. Since peaking in the early 1990s, crime rates across the country have been in near-continuous decline and recently released crime rate statistics from Statistics Canada show the downward trend continued between 2012 and 2013. No…

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6 Infamous Canadian Serial Killers: Where Are They Now?

Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores some of Canada’s most infamous serial killers, their convictions, and where they are now. In light of the recent news regarding Paul Bernardo and his engagement to a London Ontario woman, here’s an update on 6 of Canada’s most sensationalized murderers and where they are…

Canadians Becoming More Vulnerable to Cybercrime

Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores Canadian’s growing vulnerability to cybercrime. As the internet becomes central to our lives, and increasingly accessible with devices such as smartphones and tablets, Canadians are becoming more vulnerable to cybercrime. Technology has brought us pleasures and added ease to many activities. With online banking, worldwide…

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Top Cop Bill Blair’s Ousting Sparks Debate Over Cost of Policing

Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores the recent contract denial of Toronto Police Services Chief Bill Blair, and provides insight into both sides of the debate surrounding the growing cost of fighting crime. After almost 10 years of service, the Toronto Police Board Chairs have decided to deny Police Chief Bill…

Sharia Law in Ontario: Separating Myth from Fact

Konrad Bongard, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores the history and debate of Sharia law in Ontario. In the past decade, sharia law has been an oft-discussed topic in the Canadian media. In 2004, Marion Boyd, a former NDP MPP for London Centre, published a report on the status of religious claims under…

Why is Canada’s Crime Rate Falling?

Konrad Bongard, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores the trend of decreasing crime rates in Canada and analyzes the varying opinions as to the cause. In 2012, the rate of reported crime in Canada fell for the eleventh subsequent year.  And everyone seems to have an opinion on why. One popular theory, which…