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The Extradition Process in Canada

For many, being charged with a criminal offence is the first time a person really interacts with the law. Regardless of the reason – from minor theft to impaired driving – the process can come as a shock to those unfamiliar with how the courts and criminal legislation works.

This unfamiliarity can be made even more complex when it’s an international crime. Not only are Canadian legal principles applied, but so are those of the foreign country. An extradition matter can be quite complex, but there is a basic outline to how it works.

Leo Adler interviewed on CTV news national program discussing the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman

Mr. Adler was interviewed live during a televised broadcast for his expert opinion on the legal court case of Canadian Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Mr. Adler's interview begins at 8:43 in the video recording.

A history of false criminal confessions

Accusations of police pressure and “coercive” means of getting a confession from a suspect is something you typically see on television shows. However, as life inspires art, there are very real cases of this type of behaviour in the Canadian criminal justice system.

According to an article posted earlier this year by the CBC, there have been numerous cases throughout Canadian history where a suspect has made an involuntary confession to a crime due to pressure from police.

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?



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