Criminal Code Canada

Why Should Terrorists Obey Our Criminal Code?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

When you first heard about the statement of Chiheb Esseghaier -- one of the men charged with plotting a terror attack against a Via Rail train -- that he did not recognize the authority of the Criminal Code because "it is not holy book", how did you respond? The fact is that in a broad, general way, it is not enough for us to see the Criminal Code as morally binding because it is the law of the land. We must go beyond that assertion. We must understand it to be -- again, in a broad and general manner -- the law of the land because it reflects a greater, moral standard that is incumbent upon all humanity.

Treating Mental Illness Like Physical Illness Is the First Step to Change

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Imagine a truck driver collapses over the wheel and slams into a school bus killing eight children. He'd had a heart attack. Now imagine a man takes a gun, enters a theatre and shoots randomly, killing eight children. It seems he had an acute psychotic break. The truck driver probably won't go to jail. But the young man? He'll be maligned and incarcerated. In truth, neither one is to blame for their illness or the tragic unpredictable events.

Quebec Is Keeping the Assisted Death Debate Alive -- With Dignity

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada
Adam Kingsmith

It's time to shift away from the messy public spectacles regarding euthanasia. Instead let's follow Quebec's lead -- Canadians everywhere should be able to choose from a full range of end-of-life options, including -- if the prerequisites are met, the option of a medically assisted suicide. There aren't really any scary precedents or slippery slopes here. What there is, is an alternative to an existence of suffering and pain that should, and can be afforded to a terminally ill, palliative treated, mentally competent adult.

No Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Colorado Shooting Suspect

Arthur Gallant | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

I recently overheard two people joking about how they could shoot up a place, say they were crazy, then not go to jail.The reality is that a court's goal is to rehabilitate those with severe mental illness. I hope you'll keep this in mind as you read about Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes' upcoming hearing.

'Acts Intended To Alarm Her Majesty' And More Possibly Obsolete Crimes

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - God save our gracious Queen — from alarm.A new study of Canada's sprawling Criminal Code found not a single case of anyone prosecuted for "...

Tories And NDP ♥ Seniors

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Both the NDP and the Conservatives tabled separate bills Thursday aimed at improving the qualify of life for seniors.The NDP proposed legisla...

Tories' Next Tough-On-Crime Target

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government is set to introduce tougher sentences for those convicted of elder abuse.The Canadian Press has learned that Justice M...