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Reliance on sureties boosting Ontario remand numbers

Yamri Taddese - Monday, July 28, 2014

Heavy reliance on sureties in bail courts is unique to Ontario and comes at great cost to the province, according to a Canadian Civil Liberties Association report released this week.
The report, which for the first time compared Ontario’s bail system with four other jurisdictions, found “a remarkable inconsistency” across the provinces, says Abby Deshman, one of the authors. Although the Yukon has a similar trend as Ontario, other large provinces generally don’t see delays in bail courts because of problems with finding sureties, the authors found.

“In other provinces that we observed, there were just no surety releases. They were hardly relying on sureties, certainly not to the extent Ontario is,” says Deshman.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

The masters of the Ontario Superior Court are mourning the death of one of their colleagues this month.

Master Richard Peterson, who had served in the role since 1984, died at his summer home on Georgian Bay on July 18, according to an obituary in The Globe and Mail. The 67-year-old master had been working part-time until the time of his death.

Crime rates in Canada have gone down along with the severity of the offences committed, according to new data released by Statistics Canada.

The volume and severity of crimes declined by nine per cent last year from 2012. The index has been going down steadily over the last decade, according to Statistics Canada, which reported the severity of the crime reported has decreased by 36 per cent in the last 10 years.

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