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  • On The Need for Fresh Perspectives

    “…It’s hard to understand a system that we are part of because we have blind spots, where we can’t see what we aren’t looking for, and don’t notice what we don’t notice.”Rhiannon Beaubien and Shane Parrish, The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts, Farnam Street, 2018, page 21 … Read more »

  • Proceed with Caution: Eyewitness Identification

    The Honourable Guy Cournoyer J.S.C provides a salient reminder of why judges and juries must proceed with caution when assessing eyewitness identification in R. v. Neverson, [2020] Q.J. No. 472 (S.C.), beginning at para. 156:As noted by Arbour J. in R. v. Hibbert “[t]he danger of wrongful conviction … Read more »

  • The Duty to Conduct a Prompt and Comprehensive Investigation

    “In Canada, law enforcement authorities must conduct a prompt and comprehensive investigation. They must gather and preserve all relevant evidence in order to present a full and unadulterated facts to the prosecutorial authorities. The search for evidence should not be restricted to evidence which i … Read more »

  • The Impact of Government on Individual Lives, for Good or for Ill

    “…I had set out to write about political power by writing about one man, keeping the focus, within the context of his times, on him. I now came to believe that the focus should be widened, to show not just the life of the wielder of power but the lives on whom, and for whom, it was wielded; not to s … Read more »

  • The Cardinal Principle of Punishment is a Proportionate Response

    “A sentence must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender.”- The fundamental principle of sentencing in Canada, section 718.1 of the Criminal Code.“Don’t use a sledgehammer to crack a walnut.”- Common English expressionThe dominant principle of … Read more »