Get Home Safe These Holidays

It is that time of the year when attending social gatherings is a must and it is harder to say no to having a great time and indulging in alcohol. Maybe you’re not the partying type but had a bit too much to drink before you realized it is time to go home. What should you do when you’re more buzzed than what you think is safe to drive or know someone who seems too intoxicated to drive?

The answer is easy. Stay safe and don’t drive home.

Numbers Don’t Lie

Think about it, if you try to drive home, chances are you might get pulled and possibly face a charge of drinking and driving. Note that a conviction for drunk driving will have consequences that can last a lifetime. Even if you somehow avoided getting pulled over by law enforcement, is it really worth it to place yourself and other people in danger? While an accident isn’t a sure thing, safety isn’t guaranteed either.

Are you truly willing to drive even when there is a huge statistical chance that you may not get home safely? Forget about facing legal trouble or a possible DUI charge, are you willing to brave icy roads driving while half passed out? Even when you think you are okay, remember that it only takes a second of your hands letting go of the wheel or nodding off for an accident to happen.

Get Home Safely

Do you know that hundreds of people die in car crashes each year between Christmas and New Year? Instead of just thinking about avoiding a DUI charge, think about saving your life when it comes to not drinking and driving this season. Try to get a ride with family or friends. Call someone you know or get a cab instead. If going out with a group, try assigning a designated driver. There is no shame in letting someone else drive you home. Remember, the consequences of driving home while drunk may be a lot worse than facing a DUI charge.

If you got pulled over or know someone who was charged with a DUI, the best thing to do is to make sure that you call a drinking and driving lawyer as soon as possible. Call Calvin Barry if you need a DUI lawyer in Toronto.

 

Calvin Barry Was Proud To Support Victim Services Toronto at the Chief’s Gala

Calvin Barry was proud to pledge $9,000 in donations at the Chief of Police’s Gala at the Beanfield Centre on Thursday, November 14th.

The Chief’s Gala is a yearly event hosted by Chief Mark Saunders in support of Victim Services Toronto. It is a celebration that highlights a highly valued volunteer organization that is respected and essential not only to victims, but also to police officers at the scene of crimes and sudden tragedies.

The Chief’s Gala is a high profile event that takes place yearly in the month of November. Over 1,300 guests attend including police chefs and senior police leaders from across the province, members from all levels of government, and members from the business community. Since 2008, over $2.7 million has been raised at the Chief’s Gala.

Victim Services Toronto provides immediate on-site crisis, trauma, safety and support services to victims of crime and sudden tragedy. This agency works closely, and in partnership with, the Toronto Police and depends on community support and donations in order to provide essential victim assistance programs to the City of Toronto.

To learn more or to donate, please visit: http://www.chiefsgala.com/ or http://victimservicestoronto.com/

Calvin Barry Discusses the Landmark Impaired Canoeing Case on CBC Radio

Calvin Barry was recently interviewed by Rita Celli regarding the recent conviction of an Ontario man for impaired operation of a canoe, which resulted in the death of an 8 year old boy.

Police laid four charges against Sillars: impaired operation of a vessel causing death, operating a vessel with more than 80 mg of alcohol in 100 mL blood, dangerous operation of a vessel, and criminal negligence causing death. He was convicted of all four and faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, though more likely a sentence in the range of two to 10 years.

The issue of whether paddlers can be charged with impaired operation is not new. Canada’s impaired driving laws have applied to “vessels” since 1961, but they do not define what exactly a “vessel” is. Many police forces have long taken the view that canoes, kayaks and even stand-up paddleboards count as vessels; prosecutors, however, have been more skeptical. In Ontario, there have been times — most recently in 2011 — where police have laid charges for impaired paddling, but prosecutors later withdrew the charge. “The information we had from prosecutors was that impaired operation of canoes and kayaks was not charged,” a federal justice official told MPs on Sept. 27, 2017.

At the very least, case law tells us this: Until Sillars, nobody had ever contested impaired paddling charges in court.

Listen to the interview here: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1562558019839

 

Calvin Barry Fundraiser for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre a Huge Success

At Calvin Barry Professional Corporation Criminal Lawyers, we’re very proud of the work that Calvin and his wife Sophie have done towards raising money for the Thunder Bay RHSC over the years.

This years fundraiser, which took place July 5th at the Courthouse Hotel raised a total of $8,035, which will go towards purchasing much needed specialized urology equipment needed in the operating room. Calvin and Sophie were generous enough to cover all the expenses for the event, so the full amount raised can go directly to purchasing the equipment. It was a night of fun, laughter, live music, food and drinks, with special guest Dr. Hazem Elmansy.

For more information on the Thunder Bay RHSC and for information on how to donate, please visit: http://tbrhsc.net/

For more information on the needs for better urology equipment in Northern Ontario, visit: https://www.healthsciencesfoundation.ca/july-3-2019-1

Calvin Barry is a Proud Supporter of the CNIB. Here’s How You Can Help

Calvin Barry is proudly on the CNIB Donor Honour Roll for his past year’s support.

Celebrating 100 years in 2018, the CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today.

They deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Their work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast.

The CNIB Foundation, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada and CNIB Deafblind Community Services make up the CNIB Group.

To make a donation today, click here.

 

Calvin Barry was Proud to Judge the 2019 Osgoode Cup

Calvin Barry was proud to once again judge the 2019 Osgoode Cup. The annual competition took place at Osgoode Hall on March 2nd.

The Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition is an annual tournament intended to introduce undergraduate students to mooting, a form of public speaking common in law school. Held for the first time in 2005, the Osgoode Cup has a long tradition. The tournament takes place at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Participants will compete in pairs of two presenting before a panel of judges with regard to an appeal or motions case. As a case before appeal it is a ‘lawyer’s court’ without witnesses or juries where the facts are generally not in dispute but rather the focus is on legal issues.

To learn more please visit: http://www.osgoodecup.ca/

Canadians Who Have Been Convicted for Pot Use Can Now Apply for a Pardon

This is great news for Canadians! This is something Calvin Barry has wanted, even back when he was a Crown Prosecutor, as everyone deserves a second chance, especially when social norms evolve and it has been legalized since the fall of next year.

Read the full article at 680news.com

Have you been charged with a Drug offence? Calvin can help! Contact Calvin today.

Calvin Barry is Proud to Support Cops for Cancer

Calvin Barry is proud to support Andrew Stewart in his fundraiser drive for Cops for Cancer. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support cancer research, programs, advocacy and other areas where it’s needed most.

Cops for Cancer was created from the idea of one man and has grown into an inspirational force engaging police officers and other emergency services and their communities in the fight against cancer.

Police and emergency services personnel continue to help drive the Cops for Cancer program by organizing events throughout the province. The events range from head shaves to participating in bike rides such as Pedal for Hope to organizing various school-based fundraising activities.

To support Andrew’s goal of $19,000, please visit his donation page here. Whether you donate $25 or $2,500, every amount helps: http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR?px=8477001&fr_id=23890&pg=personal 

Stouffville Animal Abuse Case Moving Forward

Calvin Barry, who is representing Vicky and Jason Small spoke with Yorkregion.com regarding the case moving forward.

Mr. Barry stated that five days have been set aside in August, should the case go to trial, but he anticipates the process will take up to two weeks.

“A guilty conviction could bring a maximum $60,000 fine, prohibition for life from owning livestock and up to two years in jail”, he said.

Barry said the challenge will be to put together an agreed statement of facts because “they all have different levels of culpability and complicity and aiding and abetting. …

“Obviously if there’s a guilty plea and the state is able to save all the resources of bringing in Crown experts and defence experts and witnesses and tying up the courts for a number of weeks, then the defendants under the case law could be given some credit for that to show the remorse and the closure and the finality of the proceedings.”

Read the full article on yorkregion.com

Canadians could now be charged with drunk driving —Calvin Barry Warns in CBC News Article

With tough new impaired driving laws passed by parliament recently, criminal defense lawyers are accusing the legislation of being unconstitutional, with Calvin Barry calling it a breach of the charter.

Among the legislations supporters is Andy Murie of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), who insists the police still need probable cause to demand a sobriety test.  “Only if [police] suspect that you’ve committed an offence of drunk driving and they are following the investigation, and that investigation took them to your house or your bar”, he said.

Although Calvin is a strong supporter of MADD Canada, he said this time they have it wrong.

“Police do not require reasonable suspicion any longer,” Barry told CBC News.

Barry also warns Canadians they can be arrested and charged within the new two-hour time frame if their BAC has risen over the limit — even if they had been sober when they parked their car and planned to take a cab or transit home later.

“That is just a flagrant contravention of one’s civil liberties and a breach of the charter,” Barry said.

Read the full CBC article here.