News Unplugged March 12 2015
Jurors get record to make ground breaking decision
The Canadian government is planning to give juries an increased role in deciding whether Parole will be available to convicted Murderers.
Currently, people convicted of First-degree murder can apply for parole after 22 years in jail, however the changes would mean “essentially that they will take their last breath behind bars” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said.
The Jury would have to decide whether a killing was designated as “brutal” although there is no definition or criteria for brutal, suggesting that it would be up to the Juries’ judgment.
Canadian Government calls for deportation of alleged Terrorist
The Canadian Government is attempting to deport a Pakistani National who is currently under arrest on suspicion of plotting terror attacks on the US consulate in Toronto.
Jahanzeb Malik, 33, is part of a strange legal case, where several allegations of planned Terrorist offences have been stated by the authorities; however no criminal charges have been filed.
The government has bid to deport the man to Pakistan, his original home, citing a security risk. This is not likely to be a quick or simple process however, as deportation cases can take months or years to process.
GO rail system to come to a halt in Niagara
The expansion of the GO rail system to the Niagara region is not a priority, according to a spokesman for Metrolinx, the company that runs the GO transit service.
The spokesman, Malon Edwards, stated “at this time” they did not have an immediate plan to expand the Niagara service.
He also mentioned that current funding was going towards improving services in core areas such as the GTA.
However, increased transportation funding for projects outside of the Toronto area could make such an expansion plan possible, as a 14 Billion dollar plan has been proposed by the Ontario Government over the next decade.
Ferguson Chief of Police to Step Down
The chief of Police, Thomas Jackson in Ferguson, Missouri has stepped down after a scathing review found that several officers in his force displayed racist tendencies through emails.
The move comes after months of calls for his resignation, not only from the public but from federal officials who were investigating the force.
He will officially leave his post on March 19th, to be replaced temporarily by Lieutenant Colonel Al Eichhoff, until the city council finds a replacement.
Thomas Jackson initially defended the officer who killed Michael Brown, although he was increasingly absent from public affairs once the public’s attention shifted to the Ferguson police force.
The release of the Justice Department’s report detailing the faults of the Department has caused several high-ranking local officials and authority figures to step down from their posts.