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The Most Common Criminal Offence in Canada

The Most Common Criminal Offence in Canada by Eugene Ohotnikov, Research Analyst with Pardon Applications of Canada You might make a reasonable guess that the most common criminal offence in Canada relates to theft or assault. But actually, the #1 offence in Canada is caused when someone gets behind the wheel under the influence of…

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Should Violent or Sexual Offenders Be Granted Record Suspensions?

Should Violent or Sexual Offenders Be Granted Record Suspensions? by Joel LaForest, Research Analyst with Pardon Applications of Canada In Canada, violent and sexual offenders do not have the same ability to apply for a Record Suspension as those convicted of other offences. To clarify, a “Record Suspension” is more commonly referred to as Pardon….

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What Is A Cannabis Record Suspension?

What Is A Cannabis Record Suspension? by Joel LaForest, Research Analyst with Pardon Applications of Canada Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, was passed by the Canadian federal government in November of 2017 and approved by the Senate in June of 2018. It was the result of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party’s work shortly after…

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7 Ways a Pardon Could Benefit Your Life

7 Ways a Pardon Could Benefit Your Life by Eugene Ohotnikov, Research Analyst with Pardon Applications of Canada Despite certain attempts to reduce discrimination, having a criminal record can still make life much more difficult. Fortunately, pardons in Canada provide a way out for those on file in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) who…

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Your Phone Does Not Belong to You at the U.S. Border

Crossing the Canada/U.S. border with your cell phone? Thousands do every day.  We carry our electronic devices with us like we wear our clothing. But did you know that cellphones are now categorized as “goods” by the United States?  This means U.S. border guards have authority to confiscate & search through your cell phone.  And…

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A Police Force With No Guns

Although crime has been significantly decreasing over the years, reaching a record breaking low, many Canadians are showing concerns over the spike in gun violence this year. Although still generally lower than past years, gun crimes in certain cities have seen a rise over the last few years. More specifically, Toronto police have suggested that…

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A Canada And United States With No Borders

Approximately 1.8 million Canadians travel over to the United States every month. A number that is said to steadily increase with new border control measures (e.g., advanced screening opportunities and Nexus cards). Our current border security policies and practise have been seen as an important and fundamental feature of our nation, especially since the tragedies…

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Why Crime Has Been Decreasing Since 1990’s

Over the last few years there have been many speculations as to why Canadian crime rates have been steadily decreasing since the 1990’s. Interestingly, Americans have also experienced the same decrease in crime rates since the 1990’s. Where both Canadians and Americans have, with the exception of automobile theft, seen their crime rates drop by…

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How Impaired Driving Can Impact Your Life

Over the past 10 years, drinking and driving laws have become more strictly enforced and have included tougher sanctions for those convicted of impaired driving. These can be associated to the fact that impaired driving cases are the most common offence completed in adult criminal courts. Additionally, while the rest of Canada has experienced a…

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Justin Trudeau’s Reform to Crime in Canada

After a decade long reign where Canadians witnessed countless tough-on-crime initiatives and harsher penal policies brought on by the Conservative government; Canadians will see many changes to the system put forth by the newly elected Liberal leader – Justin Trudeau. These revolutionary changes and the mark it will leave on the Canadians Justice System is…

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Employment Opportunities That Target Individuals With A Record

Today’s offender population is generally made up of individuals suffering from addictions, mental health, as well as high rates of unemployment and lower levels of education. Unfortunately, as increasing numbers of employers are requesting background checks from individuals, those leaving prison find themselves having an increasingly difficult time obtaining employment. Consequently, these individuals may find…

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Legislation That Affects Pardon Applications

Pardons are our society’s way of allowing those with a criminal record to reintroduce themselves into normal society after paying their dues. When you receive one, new doors are opened to you in the form of education and employment. The policies that govern the application process are laid out by our government, and legislation that…

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The Changing Marijuana Laws In Canada

The legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic on the legal debate platform during this year’s federal elections. Now with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new designation, many are wonder how these conversation will pan with this new Leader. Throughout his running, Trudeau, has made it clear that he would like marijuana to become a…

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PART 3: How The Internet Has Changed Sexting

Nowadays, with the invention and accessibility of smartphones and android phones almost every teen and pre-teen has minute by minute access to the internet. With data-plans and Wi-Fi these young adults are able to navigate the internet like no generation before. Meaning there access to information and resources are endless. However, the internet, as illustrated…

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PART 2 – The Online Black Market

In the second article of our three piece article series, we will be looking at how the internet has changed the black market and allowed for greater anonymity and reach for those living a life of crime. Prior to the popularization of the internet, the black market was used as the underground network to purchase…

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Is Crime in Canada Increasing?

For such a relatively young, spread out, and diverse nation, Canada is often looked to as an example for the blueprint of a leading modern nation. Prosperous, developed, educated and peaceful, the nation is one that people from around the world want to immigrate to for a better life. That being said, crime is a…

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Can I Buy a Home with a Criminal Record?

Having a criminal record is going to pose some challenges in your life. While it isn’t going to make life impossible, it certainly isn’t going to make things easy for you in many cases. One of the biggest steps in a one’s life is the purchase of a home. Many people who have served their…

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The Cities With The Highest Crime Rates In Canada

With an increased focus on tough on crime policies over the last decade, many Canadians are wondering how safe Canadians really are on a daily basis. Although there are variations between different Canadian cities, overall the crime rate across the country is decreasing since it peaked in 1991. In fact, the rate is lower than…

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How Do Our Political Leaders See Crime In Canada?

Since their appointment into power, in 2006, the Conservative government – under the leadership of Stephen Harper – has put forth over 30 new legislations that focuses on tough-on-crime initiatives, tougher sanctions, and greater services for victims. Some of these laws include mandatory minimum sentencing, greater authority to CSIS, and extended wait periods and restrictions…