By Glenn Kauth, Law Times News
Once again, we see how politics are playing a disproportionate role in how Ottawa treats Canadians who get into trouble overseas.
As revealed by Postmedia News last week, at least nine Canadians serving time for crimes committed abroad have active cases before the Federal Court challenging the federal government’s decision to deny them transfer to Canada to finish their sentences.
Many of them are drug dealers jailed in the United States.
Shannon Kari, National Post
The tenets of a Toronto organization seeking a religious exemption to marijuana prohibitions was described by a federal government prosecutor on Thursday as a "fictitious artifice" and a ruse by cannabis enthusiasts.
"This is an inside joke among people who like to smoke marijuana," suggested Crown attorney Nicholas Devlin during cross-examination of a senior member of the Church of the Universe.
"I have heard that," said Brother Peter Styrsky, who maintained that this was an unfair characterization of the Toronto chapter of the church, known as the G13 Mission.