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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Forces stabbing suspect 'very scared'

Forces stabbing suspect 'very scared': The man accused of trying to kill three soldiers at a recruitment office Monday is terrified, his lawyer says.

Ayanle Hassan Ali, 27. (Supplied photo/Toronto Police)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Calvin Barry

Calvin Barry Criminal Lawyer

Boy with autism speaks to his classmates on "what autism means to me"

This guest post is by CJ Barry who is a 11-year-old on the autism spectrum. In March CJ was asked to speak at his school’s assembly for 200 students where he shared a letter called “What Autism Means To Me.” This is what CJ had to say…

Hi my name is CJ Barry. I am 11-years-old and I live with my mom, my nanny, Modesta and my dog, Jakee. I go to piano lessons, Boy Scouts, swimming lessons, skeateboard lessons and I love to play with my electronics. This description of me is probably the same as some of you but my only difference from you is that I have autism.

Having autism makes me different in many ways. I am very smart and have a great memory but sometimes I have to work harder than other kids to do my schoolwork. My favorite activity is playing with electronics. I play lots of video games and I am a top rated gamer. When I grow up, I plan to be a Lawyer like my DAD!

One of the characteristics of autism that affects me is that I worry a lot and get nervous in situations where I am not familiar. During this time my teachers, classmates and my friends help by calming me down.

I do lots of therapy after school and lots of medical appointments related to my autism. One of the greatest things about autism for me is that I am the mascot for Team CJ and get to go to lots of autism community and fundraisers.

I was born with autism and I don’t know any other way to be. But I think autism makes me both unique and special.

:) :) :) :) :)

CJ and his mother Paula Stamp walk for Team CJ for Autism Speaks Canada Walk. You can donate to their team here. Want to walk with us? See if there’s a walk in your area at

I was born with autism and I don’t know any other way to be. But I think autism makes me both unique and special.

The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Calvin Barry

Calvin Barry- Accused PATH lawyer

Accused PATH murderer fires lawyer
Rohinie Bisesar's mental fitness to stand trial was to be discussed Wednesday    
The case of a woman accused of violent murder in Toronto's downtown PATH system has stalled again in the courts.

Rohinie Bisesar is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rosemarie Junor.

Junor was fatally stabbed inside a below-ground drug store along near Bay St. and Wellington St W on December 11.

Bisesar's mental fitness to stand trial was to be discussed inside the city's mental health court on Wednesday.

Outside the Old City Hall courthouse lawyer Calvin Barry told reporters a psychiatric report had indeed been prepared, but he would not divulge its findings.

"It wouldn't be proper given that I'm no longer counsel (to Bisesar)," Barry said.

The reasons Bisesar and Barry parted ways as well as other discussion in the courtroom are covered by a publication ban.

The petite Bisesar dressed in a prison-issue green sweatsuit spoke clearly and calmly in court explaining her wishes, her hands often clasped near her chest.

"If somebody doesn't want to have you, that's their prerogative," Barry said outside. "People can be unrepresented despite mental illnesses looming, speaking generally."

Barry says lawyers and prosecutors are often ill-equipped to deal with people facing serious accusations who may also be mentally ill and so they lean on the expertise of psychiatrists and mental heath facilities.

He expects it will take a few days for Bisesar to find a new lawyer who can advance her case through the courts.

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Cross-Examining Police Officers: Interview with Calvin Barry

Interview with Calvin Barry   
On the Record, Episode 13 is about cross-examining Police Officers.

Mick Hassell interviews Calvin Barry, an experienced criminal defence lawyer who has conducted over 60 jury trials.
Calvin Barry on the record with Mick Hassell
Calvin has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cross-examination.  He is a former Crown Attorney which gives him added insight on how Police Officers prepare to testify in direct and respond to cross-examination.

Calvin shares information concerning how to prepare for this type of cross-examination, with a particular emphasis on impaired trials, where Officers tend to play an important role.

Please click here and scroll down to Episode 13 for Calvin’s interview

Monday, May 2, 2016

RCMI Conference on Threat and Preparedness April 27 2016: Panel Three

Published on May 1, 2016
The Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto held a one-day conference on threats and preparedness in Canada on April 27, 2016. Panel One on the theme "Do we Learn from the Day After?", was moderated by Stewart Bell of The National Post, and featured panelists Calvin Barry (former Crown Prosecutor), Colin Freeze of the Globe and Mail, and Prof. Veronica Kitchen of University of Waterloo.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mike Duffy was pawn in a bigger game

Mike Duffy was pawn in a bigger game

Joe Warmington      

Some things are worth waiting for, and Sen. Mike Duffy sure did plenty of waiting.

Sen. Mike Duffy leaves the courthouse after being cleared of bribery and fraud charges in Ottawa, Canada, April 21, 2016. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Some things are worth waiting for, and Sen. Mike Duffy sure did plenty of waiting.

He waited 15 months to be charged. He waited a year and half for trial. He waited another year for that trial to be completed.

And then Thursday he sat in an Ottawa courtroom and waited for hours as Judge Charles Vaillancourt read his verdict on all 31 charges laid by the RCMP.

The final score was Duffy 31, the Crown 0.

Sweet music to Duffy’s ears. But a long time coming.

Nothing moved fast.

“It’s the waiting, Joe, that is the hardest part,” Duffy told me over the phone on July 14, 2014. “It’s difficult not knowing what the RCMP are going to do.”

A week later, the RCMP finally did lay charges in the Senate expenses investigation that saw then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright, pay back $90,000 of Duffy’s expenses for claiming his P.E.I. cottage was his principle residence.

I remember telling Duffy on the day Vaillancourt was chosen that he couldn’t have a better judge. As lawyer Calvin Barry told myself and Ross McLean on Newstalk 1010’s Late Shift on April 7, 2015, the North York judge whom I knew and admired when he was a lawyer in Sault Ste. Marie “won’t be swayed by the media circus or political pressure.”

“He’s a neutral, seasoned judge and highly respected,” Barry said.

I have known Duffy for 30 years and can tell you the narrative that he’s a selfish egomaniac is bogus in my experience with him. In fact, he’s the opposite: generous, caring, concerned, honest, sympathetic and kind.

When I met him at the CBC with my Canadore College journalism class on a trip from North Bay in 1985, he went out for beers with us and not only talked for hours about the business but picked up the tab.

He’s nothing but a first-class gentleman. And he stays in touch.

During this protracted mess, he wasn’t just focused on himself.

“How’s Rob Ford doing?” he asked me many times. “I really feel for that poor guy.”

When the former Toronto mayor died, Duffy asked that I send my condolences to his family. When there’s cost cutting in the media, he’s the first guy to e-mail: “I hope you are all right.”

Truth is, many of us were more worried about Duff. He was the one with the heart trouble and under the kind of scrutiny usually reserved for murderers like Paul Bernardo and Russell Williams. His trial went on far longer than both of theirs.

I sent Duff an e-mail Thursday morning that said, “When you are acquitted, get back to work for the Canadian people,” to which he replied: “Thanks Joe. Appreciate it.”

I laughed when I saw the old reporter blow by the media scrum with no comment. That was its own statement, and I suspect the next time Canadians hear from Duffy it may be from the floor of the Senate, where he’ll not only return to work, but in the sweetest of ironies, receive two years of retroactive pay that’s been withheld.

Duffy was nothing more than a political scapegoat and a pawn in a bigger game. He was a national treasure for decades, but when he was the one in trouble it seemed all of his friends — media, political and otherwise — abandoned him without considering that all he ever asked for was a fair hearing.

Sen. Mike Duffy finally got his due process and the judge rightfully sent this case to the garbage can where it always belonged.

But he had to wait for it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Calvin Barry Attends Albany Club Members' Dinner

Calvin Barry

Associate lawyer David Burke talks about stabbing suspect

Calvin Barry

Friday, February 12, 2016

Very surprising revelations arose in the courtroom today in the Ghomeshi trial. Criminal Defence Lawyer Calvin Barry joined CTV News Channel to discuss.
Posted by CTV News Channel on Friday, February 5, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016