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National Prosecution Awards for Top Prosecutors

Halifax – October 27, 2016 – The outstanding accomplishments of Canadian prosecutors were recognized by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Heads of Prosecutions Committee at an awards ceremony held last night. The award program, instituted in 2006, honours professional excellence, exemplary service, and outstanding achievements.

The following prosecutors were chosen for their contributions to advancing and promoting the role of prosecutors within the Canadian criminal justice system:

The Commitment to Justice Award 2016 was awarded to two prosecutors: Mr. Douglas G. Curliss, Q.C., Senior General Counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada’s Saskatchewan Regional Office, and Mr. Louis Bouthillier, prosecutor with Quebec’s Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales.

In the past two years, Mr. Curliss has led terrorism prosecutions in Ottawa and Vancouver, as well as a prosecution in the North against a former Catholic priest for sex crimes against children, all while continuing to handle his own caseload in the Saskatchewan Office. He has demonstrated his commitment to professional education both as a faculty member of the School for Prosecutors and as a training consultant for police.

Mr. Bouthillier has handled complex murder cases involving street gangs and organized crime. He led the prosecution in the Magnotta murder trial which concluded in December 2014 with a guilty verdict. Despite his substantial workload, he never hesitates to mentor young prosecutors and plays a large part in the training of the next generation of prosecutors.

The Courage and Perseverance Award 2016 was awarded to Mr. Kenneth M. McCaffrey, Crown prosecutor with the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service in Calgary. Despite being afflicted with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic skin disorder, he has had a distinguished career in law. Before joining the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service, he spent many years with Legal Aid Manitoba, where he defended clients charged with a wide range of offences, including murder. Throughout his career, he has mentored numerous law students as well as high school students. In 2011, he was diagnosed with skin cancer. After a few months of recovery, he resumed his work on complex and high profile cases.

The Humanitarian Award 2016 was awarded to Mr. André A. Morin, Ad. E., Chief Federal Prosecutor of the Quebec Regional Office, Public Prosecution Service of Canada, for his outstanding contributions to the community. In addition to his dedication to the legal profession, Mr. Morin spends countless hours during evenings and his holidays helping those in need with charitable organizations supporting the poor, the marginalized and the sick.

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Youth Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Offence

Winnipeg – September 12, 2016 – Today, in the Provincial Court of Manitoba, Youth Division, a 17-year-old pleaded guilty to counselling the commission of an indictable offence for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group contrary to s. 83.2 of the Criminal Code. Sentencing will occur at a later date.

The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was 16 years old at the time of the offence.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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