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Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo’s Appeal Begins

Today, Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo’s appeal begins, a process that will include a hearing to discuss new evidence that Forcillo’s lawyers argue could undermine testimony from his trial, CBC reports. On July 28, 2016, Justice Th...

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Law Society Drops “Upper Canada” From Its Name

Update: Convocation has voted in favour of dropping “Upper Canada” from its name, and will vote on a new name in November 2017. Julian Falconer, Bencher, and Chair of the Law Society’s Strategic Communications Steering Group, will submit a m...

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Falconers LLP Lawyer Elected to the Board of the YMCA of Greater Toronto

Falconers LLP is pleased to announce that one of our associates, Akosua Matthews, has been elected to the Board of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, as the first Board Member under the age of 35. Akosua previously served on the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s ...

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Protesters Gather Outside Oshawa Courthouse for Dafonte Miller

Cp24 reports that Members of Black Lives Matter- Toronto and the Anti-Racism Network of Durham Region held a rally outside the Oshawa courthouse on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, ahead of a pre-trial hearing for  Toronto Police Officer, Michael Theriaul...

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Ontario Police Watchdog systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service

Update: CBC reports that Gerry McNeilly, Ontario’s Independent Police Review Director, hosted a three-hour-long public meeting, which an estimated over-250 people attended in Thunder Bay on Monday, September 25, 2017. McNeilly says he still expect...

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Failure to call for Senator Beyak’s Resignation: Thunder Bay City Council

In a press release on September 26, 2017, Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s (“NAN”) Grand Chief, Alvin Fiddler, and Fort William First Nation’s (“FWFN”) Chief Peter Collins, communities provided legal council by Falconers LLP, is...

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Dafonte Miller Case Prompts Durham Police to Adopt New SIU Notification Procedure

In the wake of the Dafonte Miller case, the Durham Regional Police Chief, Paul Martin, vowed to implement a new policy for reporting incidents to the Special Investigations Unit (“SIU”) CP24 reports. In a written statement released Monday, Sep...

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Racial Profiling Case Important for New Generation of Lawyers

In April 2017, in the Divisional Court ruling of Elmardy v. Toronto Police Services Board 2017, Justice Harriet Sachs, Justice Ian Nordheimer (as he then was), and Justice Nancy Spies, ruled that a Black plaintiff, Mr. Mutaz Elmardy, had been racially pro...

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A Balancing Act: Does A Sovereign First Nation Have The Right To Remove Visitors From The Community Based On Their Legal And Cultural Traditions?

August 30, 2017: That is the question that a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearing in Thunder Bay is going to have to answer. Sandy Lake First Nation, represented by Falconers LLP lawyer, Asha James, has the right as a sovereign nation to exercise its cu...

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Toronto Police Chief must ‘educate’ officers about their duty to police watchdog: SIU Director, Loparco

Six months before the alleged assault by off-duty Toronto officer, Michael Theriault on black teen Dafonte Miller, the director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, asked police Chief Mark Saunders to “educate” his officers on the...

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Major Editorial Boards Calling for Change: Police Oversight

The ‘simply terrifying’ case of Falconers LLP client, Dafonte Miller, a young Black man, who was allegedly beaten by an off-duty Toronto police officer, Michael Theriault, and his brother in December of 2016, was a gratuitous attack, which all...

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“Gratuitous Attack and Deliberate Concealment of Crime”: Dafonte Miller Case

Dafonte Miller, represented by his lawyer Julian Falconer of Falconers LLP, has filed a complaint with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director in connection with the vicious assault and subsequent charges laid against him on December 28, 2016...

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