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Former Ontario deputy education minister Ben Levin awaits his sentence, having entered guilty pleas to one count of possession of child pornography, one count of producing child pornography, and one count of counselling a sexual assault. Cumulatively, the maximum sentences available for these offences is upwards of two decades. However, in practice, the sentence that

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Mike Duffy

Mike Duffy faces charges of fraud and breach of trust

It took the court clerk over an hour to read out the specific charges, but by the end, Mike Duffy had been arraigned on 31 counts. Among those, was section 122 of the Criminal Code of Canada. This section is commonly referred to as “breach of trust by public officer.” It exists specifically to ensure that the duty of care an official has towards the public – the degree of trust that the public are entitled to have in that official – are guarded. The section reads as follows:

“Every official who, in connection with the duties of his office, commits fraud or a breach of trust is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, whether or not the fraud or breach of trust would be an offence if it were committed in relation to a private person.”

John Stall

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, during a Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Battle Group headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Welcome home Canadian Armed Forces

Imagine looking over your shoulder every minute of your waking life for the last eight months, in a high state of alert and anxiety against a possible threat to your or your family’s life.

John Stall

Doug Holyday and Tim Hudak
Hello Doug, goodbye Tim

In a nutshell, the byelection results were good news for NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, okay news for the premier, but bad news for Tory Leader Tim Hudak’s Conservatives.

John Stall

Doug Holyday
More in play than at stake in today’s byelections

Given the size of the Liberal minority at Queen’s Park, the results of today’s byelections can’t change the balance of power.

John Stall

John Stall and Bob Rae
Opinion: Ambassador Bob Rae?

As Bob Rae bows out for second time, he says he will let history judge his political contribution.

John Stall

Dalton McGuinty
Blog: McGuinty is moving on

It shouldn’t come as a great surprise that Dalton McGuinty resigned his Ottawa South MPP seat , Wednesday.

John Stall

Harder now for co-author of budget to kill it

Anything can happen between now and the day the budget bill comes up for approval in the legislature, but it seems at this hour, based on what NDP leader Horwath has said, that the Liberal government will survive at least a year rather than be given campaign walking papers by the NDP.

John Stall

File photo of Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Ontario budget preview: How do you say “no” to “yes”?

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath faces one of the most pivotal decisions of her political life once the provincial budget is tabled later today.

Could Sandy’s vote decide the U.S. presidential election?

The dynamic has changed just one week before the U.S. presidential election.