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Expired Punishment

If I commit a crime and many years later (> 25 years) send an email to the police claiming to have committed a crime, can they arrest me? (assumming they do not think it is just a "prank email") ...
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Incorporating after receiving kickstarter funds

I am currently in the process of launching my first Kickstarter croudfunding campaign as an individual. I don't have a lot of money left, and I don't want spend it incorporating, especially because my ...
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What is the minimum amount I can sue for breach of contract?

I am studying contract law for myself. I am worried that even if I can legally write a contract and negotiate with somebody to sign it, It will be more expensive to sue for breach of contract than ...
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Dog was attacked, owner gave false info. What to do?

So here's the situation: First of all this is all happening in Ontario My friend's dog was attacked recently by a 6 month old boxer, which despite its age, was strong. She (the attacked dog's owner) ...
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Can customs taxes be considered as a breach of contract for online orders?

When buying products online with international shipping and getting hit by unexpected border control taxes (in Canada), does this constitute a breach of contract for the sale? For example, you ...
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Does Canada have a less litigious culture than the United States?

I have an anecdotal question about the legal culture in Canada that is based on a personal observation of mine and may not be answerable here definitively. But here goes: Last summer my family and I ...
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How long does employer have to pay after job is done?

I had worked 2 weeks for at an event through a temp staffing agency. The last day of work was April 2nd. A week latter I submitted my invoice. I still haven’t gotten paid. How long does an employer ...
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When can a citizens arrest be made and how much force can be used?

My understanding of a citizens arrest is its when a person detains another person who is caught committing a crime until police arrive. If the person tries to leave how much force can the arrester use?...
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Sales tax on tourism services resold abroad

I am a software developer working on software that allows users to resell tourism products (tours, accommodation, car rentals etc.) The reseller can be either local, in a different state or a foreign ...
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Is sharing onlnie a video with copyrighted song in background illegal?

I am helping a friend make a Facebook page. I am one of the admins. The page is for her clothing modeling. She had me upload a video of her walking down a run way modeling, but Facebook notified me it ...
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What legal protection can someone ask for against a bully in Canada?

What legal protection can someone ask for against a bully? bullies in workplace school college neighbor and, so on. Can a victim go to police? N.B. Bullying means making fun of, mocking on a ...
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What law requires Canadian and South African citizens to do a mathematical skill test when winning promotional gifts?

In the terms and conditions of a keysight promotion to win an oscilloscope, I stumbled over the following sentence: In accordance with local laws, if the selected entrant is a Canadian or South ...
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Qualifications or exceptions to a requirement to report to a port of entry

Wikipedia's article titled Canada–United States border says this: It is illegal to cross the border outside border controls. Everyone crossing the border must be checked. There appear to be some ...
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Can older parts of Canada's constitution be found unconstitutional?

Canada's constitution is not a single document, but many documents passed over time. Is there existing case law as to whether parts of an older constitutional document can be found unconstitutional ...
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In USA, does private property go right up to the international border?

I was out hunting with a friend yesterday, and the land we were on borders Montana. We were keeping on the North side of the barb-wire fence we assumed was the border, but then we found one of the ...
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When can a contract override the law?

Where I live, the law requires employers to pay overtime if more than 8 hours of work are in a shift. Some employers get around this and I'm wondering how? Their contract just states "there is no over ...
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Indepdendent/Contractor vs Regular Employee

I was about to ask another question but think I should start at the basics. What exactly does it mean to be working as a contractor? Many jobs require you to sign some contract (e.g. non disclosure ...
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Is it legal to work for commision only in Canada?

I am interested in the province British Columbia, in Canada. Is it legal to work a job that pays only based on commission and has no base pay? I heard not as per something in here but am unclear if it ...
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In Canada, is it legal for citizens to launch a small object into space?

Let's say a citizen is able to launch a rocket or a weather balloon into space with an electronic device (probably a GPS) and a small gnome attached on it, would it be legal? Does this require to ...
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In Ontario, is it legal to step into a seldom-used bike lane in order to ask a car driver for a ride?

Background In the Canadian province of Ontario, there are bike lanes on some streets. Late at night, on snowy days, some of these bike lanes are used pretty rarely. It's difficult to hitchhike ...
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Must a defense be given if a plaintiff's accusation is nonsense?

In court what happens if a party makes a nonsense accusation, almost as if they aren't thinking straight? For example if someone launched the case against you "he must have stolen the banana loaf ...
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What exactly theoretically defines Moral Turpitude, related to a Canadian crossing the US Border?

I'm wondering what the real meaning of moral turpitude is in regards to border crossing (canadian traveling to USA)... mainly interested in finding out of house arrest short sentences for assault ...
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Can you drive without licence plates all across America?

There was a well-known controversy about the late Steve Jobs, who never had any number plates affixed to his AMG, supposedly still being in full compliance with California law, by supposedly leasing a ...
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Money from relatives given initially as a gift now asking for repayment

A friend of mine has received ~$250,000 over the years from his sister. He has never asked her for money, but he has been ill and Canada does not recognize Lyme's Disease as a disability for him to ...
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In Canada, is it legal to sell downloaded and printed textbooks?

I downloaded several PDF files of text books from Library Genesis, and had them printed and bound for better reading experience. Now I've finished reading them, and plan to sell them on websites like ...
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To what extent is the Magna Carta considered constitutional today in Canada?

I was reading the Wikipedia article on the Canadian Constitution, when I came across this statement (emphasis mine): Enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has also fundamentally changed ...
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How come Canadian Police Information Checks do not show arrests, only convictions?

I was wondering if there was a way to find out what a U.S. border official will see on your record. A police information check in Canada seems to only show your conviction, no section on it that shows ...
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Found Lost Flash Drive [duplicate]

Suppose I found a flash drive in a public library. Am I legally allowed to claim possession of it? Is it legal to look at the contents in order to determine the owner (which potentially contains ...
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How do Canadian Youth Criminal Laws Work?

In Canada, prosecution of youth follow a different system than adults. Canada has a statute known as the Youth Criminal Justice Act, that outlines the details of the system. Prior to the act, there ...
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I think I'm being unfairly punished in my workplace - do I have legal recourse?

I have suffered what I think is unreasonable, prejudiced punishment at my (industrial) job. Is there any legal recourse for me to defend against this? I'm in Manitoba, Canada. My superior is unfairly ...
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Sexting and age

This question is about sexting (a person sending a sexually explicit image of themself to a recipient by electronic means). When can the recipient get in trouble with the law if the person sending ...
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Are restaurants required to have a bathroom available?

In a restaurant: If they have a bathroom, must they let paying or unpaying customers use it? Can they deny use to people who have not bought anything? There's a McDonald's that does not allow use of ...
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What type of lawyer would I need to help me deal with issues of academic misconduct?

What can stop a university from doing whatever they want and screwing students over in terms of accusing them of cheating, plagiarism, or a misunderstanding of professor authorization of essay re-...
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In Canada, what is the term of copyright on works owned by a corporation?

As far as I can tell, the Copyright Act only provides for human authors. If an employee or several employees create a work in the course of their employment, do they own the copyright, so that it ...
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I am a dual Canadian/US citizen residing in Canada; can I vote in US/Canadian federal elections?

I am a dual Canadian/US citizen currently residing in Canada. Can I vote in both the Canadian and American federal elections? Can I vote in the primaries for my party? Am I allowed to cast votes for ...
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Is a driver - under a verbal contract with their trucking company - liable for cargo damage? (Canada)

My in-laws decided to try their hand at driving semi-trucks and found some random company in Ontario willing to "hire" them. I put that in quotes because they never actually signed any kind of a ...
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Does the property manager sign the lease (and any addendums) with the tenants or must the real landlord?

When a landlord uses a property management company to take care of a rental (including things such as collecting rent and doing repairs) does the property manager sign the lease with the tenants or ...
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Is a bylaw valid if there is an error in one of its whereas statements?

We have a bylaw that references another bylaw in one of the whereas statements. It says, "WHEREAS Bylaw 1638 provides authority for..." and it doesn't really matter what bylaw 1638 provides ...
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Is it illegal to give handouts to panhandlers?

In our municipality we have a public safety bylaw, and one part of the bylaw clearly states that, "No person shall engage in panhandling." The definition of panhandling in the bylaw is as follows: “...
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Collection agency trying to collect on parking ticket? (Is this advice accurate?)

I got a ticket from a private parking enforcement company for leaving the lot when I did not leave the lot (the ticket even specifies the place I theoretically went to). I've been trying to fight it ...
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When in consent necessary for touching someone?

When is consent to touch another person necessary and what constitutes consent? This question focuses on intimate, romantic or sexual relationships between two adults. At school they have been pushing ...
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Can media ask a non profit organization for financial informations? (Canada)

I work as a VP finance for a non profit organization in New Brunswick, Canada and last week a journal contacted us for financial informations. I know there is a Right to Information and Protection of ...
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Fired for refusing overtime? (Canadian Engineer)

So I'm in a bit of a tricky situation right now, and would like some advice. Here is the relevant background information: I am a salaried employee (engineer in training) based in Ontario, Canada. ...
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How can laws against discrimination be enforced?

In Canada it's illegal to discriminate against someone on grounds of sexual orientation or gender. I replied to an ad on craigslist I found and they responded with a boilerplate questionnaire with ...
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Why can security guards/bar bouncers physically remove a person and it's not considered battery?

This is a follow up to this question about when someone can use force on another person. Are security guards or bouncers, such as at a concert or night club, given special privileges since they work ...
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Is an exclusivity contract valid when applied over specific regions

I got offered a job which I accepted and had to sign an exclusivity contract. This contract is inside a confidentiality contract and it says that I cannot work for anyone else on the island of ...
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Is giving money to a foreign government illegal?

If somebody who was a citizen from one country decided to send a gift to the government/etc. of another country, would that be against the law somehow? Suspicious? Bad for the person? Say Tom is a ...
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In Canada, do employees have the right to not be listed publicly?

Let's say Microsoft Canada decided to put online their employee directory (name, title, phone number, work address), indexed by Google. Let's say one employee does not want people to find out where ...
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Legality of Recording

Is it legal for someone to record my crotch area that is fully clothed (e.g. wearing pants and undergarment not visible) and/or my face in a public place in Canada where there is no "reasonable ...
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Financial responsibilities for Custodian of (minor) international student

hoping this question is in scope here. Ok, first some background. Canada, Ontario. Toronto area if it matters. My wife and I have decided to act as a Homestay guardian/custodian for an ...

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