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Bill C-51: How Will Canadians Be Affected

Pegah Memarpour, freelance columnist for Pardon Applications of Canada, explores how Canadians will be affected by Bill C-51. Over the last few months, Canada’s new anti-terrorism bill (Bill C-51), put forth by the conservative government, has received a significant amount of media and public attention from both those supporting and in opposition of the new…

Breaking Down the Pardon Process, Part 9: Completing Your Pardon Application

by Chris Heringer, CEO, Pardon Applications of Canada Throughout this 9-part series, we’ve taken a look at each step of the Pardon (Record Suspension) application process.  To conclude this series, let’s summarize all of the individual aspects which comprise a successfully completed application before it is submitted to the Parole Board of Canada. Learn About…

Breaking Down the Pardon Process, Part 8: Circumstances of Your Convictions

by Chris Heringer, CEO, Pardon Applications of Canada Last time, we looked at the Reformation of Character statement required by the Parole Board of Canada with respect to your Canadian Pardon application.  In this article, we’ll discuss the third and final statement – Circumstances of Your Convictions. You Must Clearly Detail the Specific Circumstances of…

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Breaking Down the Pardon Process, Part 7: Reformation of Character

by Chris Heringer, CEO, Pardon Applications of Canada Last time, we looked at the important Measurable Benefits statement required by the Parole Board of Canada with respect to your Canadian Pardon application.  In this article, we’ll discuss the second statement which may be even more critical – Reformation of Character. You Must Itemize Positive Changes…

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Breaking Down the Pardon Process, Part 4: Courts

by Sujithaa Jesunesan, Senior Officer, Pardon Applications of Canada The collection of certified court documentation is absolutely vital for a successful Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension) application. You must ensure to obtain a certified Court Information Form from each and every court to which you had a disposition. It must contain important details regarding every conviction…

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Breaking Down the Pardon Process, Part 3: Fingerprinting

by Chris Heringer, CEO, Pardon Applications of Canada Once you’ve determined that you qualify for a Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension), it’s time for one of the most important steps in the application process – Fingerprints.   This article explores why fingerprinting is necessary and answers some of the most common questions. Why Do I Need to…

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Breaking Down the Pardon Process, Part 1: What is a Pardon?

by Chris Heringer, CEO, Pardon Applications of Canada Pardon Changes in 2012 Ever since the Conservative government made changes to the Criminal Records Act in 2012, there has been general confusion about the Canadian Pardon process in Canada. There are many steps involved in the process and the legislative changes added some complexity. This blog…

Reviewing Bill C-10 3 Years Later

While it was passed three years ago, Bill C-10 jumped back into spotlight recently after news stories revealed that the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) could no longer dedicate resources to reducing the backlog of pardon applications it has on file. The Bill, introduced and passed by the federal Conservatives in 2012 after serial sex…

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Is Canada’s Justice System Failing Canadians?

There is a tangled web of facts surrounding Canada’s justice system that don’t seem to make sense when compared to one another. Crime rates are down across almost the entire country and across almost every type of offence. Following their 1993 peak, national crime rates have fallen over 30%, including drops in each of the…

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Even President Obama Says Drug Use Shouldn’t be a Criminal Problem

The numbers are surprising. Over 600,000 Canadians have a criminal record for being convicted of marijuana possession. Possession charges are higher than those of all other drug-related charges combined More people are charged with possession than are charged with robbery Except impaired driving, possession charges outnumber all criminal code traffic violations What do the numbers…

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Countries Clamour to Get Into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

There’s probably no better example of the neighbourly relations shared by Canada and the U.S.A. than the fact that citizens of each country have enjoyed visa-free travel across their common border for as long as anyone can remember. Canada is the only country considered ‘visa-free’ by the U.S.. Needless-to-say, many other countries would like to…

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Three Predictions for Criminal Record Checks and Pardon Applications in 2015

Ever since Bill C-10 came into effect in March of 2012, the regulations, practices and realities for criminal record holders have been through more changes than in any similar time period before. Among other things, C-10 changed the name of a ‘pardon’ to a ‘record suspension’; extended the waiting time for a record suspension and…

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Ontario to Legislate What Information Can Be Disclosed in Criminal Background Checks

It hardly seems fair that non-criminal information, including some 911 calls, mental health issues and merely having your name appear in a police report, can end your career, stymie your job search and get you tossed out of university. Those are among the consequences hundreds of Ontarians, who do not have a criminal record, endured before…