Cyberbullying, Social Media Networks And Sentencing of Adults Preying on Children : Court Strikes a Hard Blow

Guest Blogger: Brock Jones, Crown Law Criminal How should the courts address appropriate sentences for online predators who prey on vulnerable children through various forms of cyberbullying? This was the question put squarely to the Alberta Court of Appeal in R v Mackie (2014 ABCA 221). Background Statistics Canada reported this summer that the traditional…

Changes to the YCJA in 2012

This list highlights the most important changes made to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2001 (YCJA) under the Safe Streets and Communities Act, 2012 (SSCA).  1)      The definition of “serious violent offence” is changed from a discretionary judicial determination to a list of five serious charges: first degree murder, second degree murder, attempt to commit…

Refugee health care changes to take place on November 5, 2014

In June 2012, the Federal government made substantial cuts to healthcare insurance provided to refugee claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). The Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC), the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) and Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) filed an application for judicial review of these cuts, along with…

“Especially” and “Particularly”: How The Charter Rights of Children Are Finally Being Granted Unique Consideration By The Courts

Should children be entitled to different constitutional protections from the courts than similarly situated adults? Canadian law has long recognized the inherent vulnerability of children and the need to provide them with particular protections in a variety of contexts. Yet, surprisingly, the courts have been reluctant to explicitly hold that the Charter of Rights and…

Youth Medical Rights

A person can encounter many healthcare problems over the course of his or her life. From broken arms, mental health needs, to unwanted pregnancies, there are many scenarios in which youth require healthcare services. While many believe that youth health issues are up to their parents and/or legal guardians, young people have many rights that…

R v Todorovic: Does The Age Of A Child Matter When Determining If She Was “Detained”?

Guest post by Brock Jones, Crown Counsel On February 27, 2014, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in R v Todorovic, 2014 ONCA 153. The central issue on the conviction appeal was whether Todorovic’s statements to the police on the night of her arrest were properly admissible pursuant to the requirements of section…

What Are Extrajudicial Measures and Sanctions?

The Youth Criminal Justice Act (“YCJA”) says it is better to deal with less serious offenses outside the court system. This is often the most appropriate and effective way to address non-violent youth crime. Extrajudicial Measures: are designed to hold young people responsible for wrongful behaviour without formally charging a youth with a criminal offence. The police can give…

Youth Action Documentary (2011)

Prior to entering law school, I completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Ryerson University.  My fourth year practicum requirement was fulfilled at Justice for Children and Youth, where a central part of my role involved facilitating the Youth Action Committee (YAC) from September 2010 to June 2011. Composed of young people aged 13-17,…