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A protection application is when the Children’s Aid Society starts a court case against a child’s parent because they think that the child is in need of protection.

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Provincial correctional facilities are run by the Government of Ontario. They’re for people who are:

  • in custody while waiting for their trial on criminal charges, or
  • serving a sentence of less than 2 years.

They include correctional centres, detention centres, jails, and treatment centres.

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Provincial offences are minor non-criminal offences, such as traffic violations. These offences are dealt with in the Ontario Court of Justice by a judge or a justice of the peace.

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Public records are documents or information that anyone can search for and find.

For example, when you file for bankruptcy, this information becomes a “public record”. Consumer reporting agencies, like Equifax and TransUnion, get this information. And anyone else can pay a small fee and do a search to find bankruptcy records.

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The qualifying period is the period of time in which you must have worked enough insurable hours to qualify for EI. The qualifying period usually runs back in time 52 week from the Sunday before your interruption of earnings, but it can be longer or shorter in some cases. If you apply for EI late, your qualifying period might run back 52 weeks from the Sunday before you filed your application for EI.

Title: Quarantine
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Quarantine means that you are being kept away from other people because you may have been exposed to someone with a serious illness.

Title: re-examine
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Re-examination is when a party, or their lawyer if they have one, gets to question their own witnesses again. This is done after direct examination and cross-examination. They can only ask the witness about anything new that was discussed in cross-examination.

Title: real property
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The law uses the term "real property" for property such as land, houses, or other buildings. It's often called "real estate".

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Before doing specific things, like charging you with a criminal offence or conducting a search, the police must have reasons to believe that you:

  • could have committed a criminal offence, or
  • have evidence or weapons related to a criminal offence.

Their reasons must be based on reliable information. Having reasonable and probable grounds is more than having a hunch or suspicion, but less than being able to show a balance of probabilities.

"Reasonable and probable grounds" and "reasonable grounds" mean the same thing.

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Reasonable arrangements for the children mean that money or financial plans have been made to look after the children from a marriage. For example, plans have been made for child support.

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