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What You Need To Know About Professional Misconduct

If you are facing a misconduct allegation as a teacher, your reputation, future employability and livelihood may be on the line. Cases of misconduct aren’t handled exactly like regular civil cases. One of the main differences is that the cases are usually heard in front of the accountable governing body. For teachers in Ontario, that body is known as the Ontario College of Teachers.

If an allegation contains a criminal element, like fraud or assault, then the accused may also face criminal charges outside of the college of teachers. But the general procedure to handle matters internally – meaning outside of the courts – is through a disciplinary hearing by the college of teachers.

Huawei extradition: Legal Realities v Political Niceties

The recent detention of Meng Wanzhou - CFO of China's Huawei Technologies‎ - has unleashed a political storm centred around the issue of extradition.

Superficially, the arrest was mundane‎ and ordinary.

Understandably, due to the proximity of Canada and the US, and the strong intertwining and easy access of its citizens, these two nations also have a very active extradition relationship. Thus, when requests for extradition are made, they are usually agreed-to without much questioning. Therefore, on the surface, despite the notoriety and stature of Ms. Meng, the request was one that Canada was almost certain to accede to.

Professional Misconduct For Nurses: What You Need To Know

Nursing, as is the case with several other professions, is self-regulated. In other words, nurses have the authority to govern themselves and to regulate their practice to protect the public interest. So, what happens if you’re a nurse facing allegations of professional misconduct?



In 1970 I came to Toronto from Montreal to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. The exigencies of moving here and paying for the courses required that I work.

One of the first jobs that I acquired that Fall was with the firm of Jackson Smith & Associates, originally known as David Jackson & Associates ("Jackson").

I had initially applied for work as a door-to-door canvasser (who would you vote for, etc.) but when my employer found out that I had some public relations experience, I was retained to do a report for the (then) Minister of the Solicitor General of Canada and the Foundation for Human Development, entitled "The Police Function in our Changing Society".

Eventually that led to several other assignments.

Acquittals in deaths of Indigenous victims

Nobody deserves to die - even when they are committing a crime.

Normally those who do the killing are subjected to prosecution and if convicted, held to account.

Nevertheless, since Biblical times, it has been recognized that there are exceptions and justifications for certain killings.

Canada's Criminal Code ‎reflects such defences - and it is up to a jury to decide whether or not the accused has successfully invoked any of them.

What seems to be overwhelmingly misunderstood is the role that a jury plays in a homicide trial. Canadians seem to believe that what they see on American television shows is reflective of the Canadian justice system.

It is not.

Facing allegations of investment or securities fraud

The protection of investors is the motivation behind many laws related to securities and investment opportunities. While many investors are savvy and well-educated about the products available, there are certain instances where some may not have a complete understanding of the complex legalities governing securities.

If you work in trading or advising in Toronto or the surrounding areas, it would benefit you to know that law enforcement and Canadian Securities Administrators zealously investigate allegations of misconduct against investors. The penalties are high and a conviction for wrongdoing, or oftentimes just the allegations alone, could affect many areas of your personal and professional life. Avoiding common methods of deception is advisable, and seeking immediate legal assistance if you are ever the subject of an investigation could be critical to your future best interests.


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