Judges need to ensure stricter bail principles are being upheld: minister – National

Justice Minister Arif Virani says he wants to ensure principles meant to guide bail decisions are being upheld as police anecdotally report high rates of people on bail reoffending. “Bail decisions are made by justices of the peace and provincial court judges around the country. They’re meant to be guided by basic principles. Two of … Read more

Auto theft a serious issue for makers, RCMP says as feds unveil action plan – National

The head of the RCMP said Monday he has spoken to representatives from a major auto manufacturer in Canada about doing more to combat a rise in vehicle thefts, which he says the entire industry is taking seriously. RCMP Commissioner Michael Duheme said the company, which he did not name, assured him during a recent … Read more

Lifetime ban? License suspension for car thieves could be coming to Ontario

The Ford government says it plans to suspend some driver’s licenses for people found guilty of auto theft offences in legislation set to be tabled later in the week. Transportation Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria, along with Solicitor General Michael Kerzner, teased the proposed new law Tuesday, which could lead to repeat vehicle thieves having their licenses … Read more

What Budget 2024 promises on auto theft – plus, nearly $700M for CSIS – National

With the number of stolen cars in Canada surging, Ottawa is bringing in stiffer penalties for auto theft as part of Budget 2024. The federal government is creating new criminal offences to crack down on organized crime, calling it the driving force behind the rise. It will also add new offences related to violent car … Read more

Canada needs ‘auto czar’ to combat car theft problem, MPs hear – National

Canada needs an “auto czar,” among other measures, to combat the problem of ongoing car thefts, industry officials say. Representatives from Canadian automotive groups made those suggestions Thursday to MPs on the House of Commons’ public safety committee, which has begun a study into the problem of auto thefts. “We need to ensure that, while … Read more

As auto theft summit begins, tougher penalties are on the table: Trudeau – National

Descrease article font size Increase article font size With the number of stolen cars in Canada skyrocketing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is considering stiffer penalties for auto theft. It’s an idea Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre also proposed this week to crack down on what’s become a national epidemic. Trudeau raised the possibility of … Read more

CBSA will get $28M aimed at tackling vehicle theft as summit set to begin – National

Descrease article font size Increase article font size Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the government is putting $28 million into the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to try to tackle rising rates of auto theft ahead of a summit. The minister says this funding will be used to enhance the CBSA’s ability to detect … Read more

Can the auto-theft summit put the brakes on rising crime? There’s optimism – National

Cabinet ministers maintain that Canadians can expect to see action coming out of their Thursday summit on how to tackle what’s been called a “crisis” of rising auto thefts. “We want to take action on something that that touches people in their daily lives,” Industry Minister Francois-Phillippe Champagne said Wednesday morning on his way into … Read more

Poilievre wants X-rays to curb auto theft. Liberals say issue’s more complex

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre says he plans to buy more X-ray scanners at ports to curb auto thefts, while the Liberals argue that putting the brakes on these crimes is more complicated. The issue has become the focus of political parties this week amid rising rates of vehicle thefts and the government calling a summit … Read more