There has been much written on the perils of bill C-10 and the increasing criminalisation of everyday life, but one aspect that I feel hasn't received the attention it deserves is the effect that a criminal record has on ones ability to find gainful employment or for that matter employment of any type. Thanks to sites such as Backcheck,
the low cost and ease with which employers can check out a job applicants criminal record and much,much more means that even some minimum wage menial labour jobs now require a criminal background check. But the lasting effects of a criminal record go far beyond limiting ones job and earning prospects,a record means one cannot easily travel abroad,it means that you likely can never volunteer to coach your children's sports team or volunteer at their school. Who knows how much further they will take this ostracization of those saddled with a criminal record.
Coupled with the changes to the pardons system this could in effect mean a life sentence for the simple act of passing a joint to your friend.