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Identity theft is when someone uses your identity without your permission. For example, an identity thief may use your SIN number, credit cards, or name and personal information. Often, identity theft is used to steal money, buy things, or open accounts in your name. There are many ways that your identity can be stolen.

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The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) holds hearings and makes decisions. It has 4 parts, called divisions:

The IRB is separate from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency.

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Impaired driving is a crime. The law says that someone is impaired if their ability to drive is affected by alcohol or a drug.

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Imputing income is when the court decides how much income a person makes or should be making. This figure is different from the income the person says they earn.

For example, if a person says that they have no income, but there is proof that they earn income in cash that they do not report on their income taxes, the judge can impute income. Or if a person quit their job so they wouldn't have to pay support, the judge can impute income.

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Income is how much money you get from any source. For example, income includes money you earn from a job, support payments, government benefits like workers’ compensation, or money that family or friends give you as a gift.

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Income support is money you get from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to help pay for living expenses, like housing and food. It also helps pay for some prescription drugs and may help pay for some dental services.

And some people can get:

  • extra money to help pay for a special diet
  • other benefits, such as costs for travelling to medical appointments
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Independent legal advice (ILA) is when you get your own legal advice from a lawyer. The advice is independent because your lawyer is only working for you. A different lawyer works for the other parent or any other party.

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These are more serious offences than summary conviction offences. Indictable offences can have long jail sentences and have different types of trial.

Some examples of indictable offences are theft of something worth more than $5000, breaking and entering, manslaughter, and murder.

If the Crown proceeds by indictment, you will have an "election", unless you are charged with a section 469 offence.

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When the Crown decides to prosecute a hybrid offence as a indictable offence.

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Informed consent is a special type of permission that you can give the police to search you, your home or business. For you to give permission with informed consent, you must understand:

  • what the police are asking you to do
  • what might happen if you agree to let them search, and
  • that you don’t have to give them permission.

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