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.