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New Provincial Legislation Regarding Police Street Checks

The Province of Ontario has filed the final regulations dealing when police officers can stop people in public and ask them to identify themselves - normally called "carding" or "street checks." This new legislation will come into effect on January 1st, 2017.

New Stats from Statistics Canada on Youth Crime in Canada

In a recently published report from Statistics Canada on Youth Crime in Canada, using data from 2014, youth aged 12 to 17 were more than twice as likely to be charged with a crime in 2014 as people aged 25 and older. In 2014, there were 101,000 youth aged 12 to 17 charged with a criminal offence. While youths ages 12 to 17 make up 7% of the Canadian population, they accounted for 13% of individuals charged in 2014. This, however, is a decrease in the youth crime rate, which has been declining since its peak in 1991, and since 2000 has fallen 42%. Despite its continual decrease, youths are charged at a disproportionate rate. The criminal justice system is daunting to most people, and that is only exasperated by a youth's age.

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