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Current Affairs (2012) - Chronological (8 items)

Dec 15, 2012 Notices and Proposed Regulations Vol. 146, No. 50 - December 15, 2012

Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations

Nov 27, 2012 Quebec lawyers to contest mandatory minimum sentences The Quebec Bar Association has announced its plan to contest the constitutionality of minimum sentencing in the Conservative government's omnibus crime legislation.

The controversial Bill C-10, the Safe Streets and Communities Act, was passed last March in the House of Commons and lays out tougher jail sentences and mandatory minimum sentencing.

The bar association, which represents over 24,000 lawyers in the province, filed its motion with the Quebec Superior Court on Tuesday, asking it to rule on the constitutionality of the specific sections of the law that deal with mandatory minimum sentences.

Nov 16, 2012 MMAR PPL/DPL Coalition against Repeal Health Canada has proposed phasing out the Personal-Use Production License and Designated-Person Production License components of the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR). These licenses currently allow over 17, 000 Canadians to legally produce medical cannabis for themselves or on behalf of a patient. Instead of these licenses, Health Canada has proposed authorizing only a small number of large-scale producers and has not yet disclosed the requirements for applicants.

A legal challenge is being launched.
Nov 6, 2012 MANDATORY MINIMUMS FOR GROWING 6+ PLANTS NOW IN EFFECT On November 6, amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act imposing mandatory minimum prison sentences for pot offences came into force. For example, possession of at least six cannabis plants is now punishable with six to nine months of imprisonment. If the same offence was committed for trafficking, the maximum penalty is increased to 14 years.

Oct 12, 2012 Mandatory Minimums for Cannabis begin on November 6 REMINDER: Penalties of 6 months or more for growing 6 plants will start next month.

Harper is right, we won't recognize Canada when he is through with it.
Mar 12, 2012 Bill C 10 passed by Conservatives The Conservatives have used their majority to pass the so-called omnibus crime bill within the first 100 sitting days of Parliament as promised, despite continued opposition from Canada's largest provinces which vowed Monday not to sit back idly as the measures come into force.

C-10 Document
Feb 28, 2012 Crime Bill to Return to House of Commons With a Few Changes The federal government's omnibus crime bill will be heading back to the House of Commons after senators approved changes to Bill C-10 early Monday. The changes, proposed by Ontario Conservative Senator Bob Runciman, were approved easily, but changes Liberal senators wanted to the Safe Streets and Communities Act received a tougher ride, including a failed proposal to raise the number of marijuana plants one could legally grow to 20 from six

Feb 2, 2012 Nunavut Justice Minister Denounces Tory Crime Bill

The Conservative government's massive new crime bill runs counter to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on aboriginal justice, Nunavut's justice minister said Thursday.

New mandatory minimum sentences will overburden the territory's courts and corrections system and fly in the face of Criminal Code provisions on the treatment of aboriginal offenders, Daniel Shewchuk told the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee.

"The government of Nunavut believes that taking away discretion from judges is not the right approach."

Mr. Shewchuk noted that the Supreme Court recognized restorative justice principles in the 1999 Gladue decision, which addressed the over-representation of aboriginal Canadians in prisons.

The omnibus Bill C-10 combines nine different pieces of legislation, covering everything from drug and sex crimes to young offenders, criminal pardons and the issue of Canadians jailed abroad.


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