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Kyla Lee in The Globe and Mail: Western premiers ask federal government for more help dealing with drug-impaired drivers

Western Canada’s premiers are calling on Ottawa to do more to help their provinces enforce drug-impaired driving laws after the legalization of marijuana this year. A final communiqué issued on Wednesday at the western premiers meeting in Yellowknife also urged the federal government to expedite the approval of a saliva-screening device so police forces across the country can procure the equipment and train their officers accordingly. “With respect to cannabis, we have just weeks until the federal government legalizes a substance that has never been legal before, and they don’t have any idea about saliva-screening tests that are going to be done, they haven’t...

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Kyla Lee’s column in Vancouver Is Awesome: Police discipline in impaired driving cases must be fair

Recently, reports came out about a New Westminster police officer who was issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition — an administrative penalty under British Columbia’s Motor Vehicle Act — for drinking and driving. Although the officer was off duty at the time she received the prohibition, an investigation was launched under the Police Act, the legislation that governs discipline of police officers in British Columbia. Ultimately, the officer was found guilty of “discreditable conduct.” Where this case gets very interesting is in how the police officer was penalized. The recommendation from the New Westminster Chief Constable was that she be issued a written reprimand and...

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Kyla Lee on the Lynda Steele Show: The provincial government is cracking down on “bad drivers” with inflated insurance rates

On (May 17th) the BC NDP government, announced that following feedback from nearly 35,000 British Columbians, the Government of British Columbia is cracking down on bad drivers. Attorney General David Eby says the responses indicate most British Columbians favour changes that will make insurance more affordable for low-risk drivers and see high-risk drivers pay increased insurance premiums to better reflect the risks they represent.  Here to talk about these changes and what they might mean for you is lawyer Kyla Lee. ...

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Paul Doroshenko on Global News: Government proposed huge ICBC increases for bad drivers

Prepare to pay more for your ICBC basic insurance if you’re a “risky driver.” Attorney General David Eby has released the findings of a public consultation in which nearly 35,000 British Columbians weighed in on how the province can make insurance rates more fair. A vast majority of British Columbians, 82.3 per cent, believe that risky drivers should pay more. The provincial government is now going to consider the feedback and set new rates in June. The target is to have the new rates implemented by April 1, 2019. “We were asking British Columbians how we should ensure that people that are higher risk...

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Warrantless Arrests: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

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Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses the scope of search in warrantless arrests. Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week, and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada. In Canada, the law is that if a police officer arrests a person, they are entitled to search that person and the surrounding areas to obtain evidence related to the arrest. However, in Damion Pearson's case, he was stopped for impaired...

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Marijuana Arrests: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

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Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses marijuana arrests. Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada. After being pulled over for speeding, Mr. Lotfy was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance after Constable Innes detected an odour of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. During trial, Mr. Lotfy argued that the officer violated his rights by arresting him...

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Kyla Lee on News 1130: ‘Disturbing’ changes to BC’s impaired driving provisions

While preparing for the federal legalization of marijuana, the provincial government has modified the Motor Vehicle Act to deal with drug-impaired driving. But one lawyer says Victoria is also quietly slipping in changes to the way drinking and driving is dealt with and they take away some of your rights. Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee is concerned about tweaks to the administrative driving prohibition (ADP) which can be handed out when an officer has “reasonable and probable grounds” to believe that a driver’s blood alcohol concentration exceeded the legal limit within three hours of driving, or that the person refused to provide a blood...

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Courts v. Administrative Tribunals: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

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Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses courts v. administrative tribunals. Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada. In all of the provinces across Canada, disputes about tenancy agreements are supposed to be done by way of a residential tenancy tribunal. In the case of Armand Letestu, he, unfortunately, did not care for the way the residential tenancy branch did things...

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Kyla Lee in Vancouver Sun: New pot laws are not in the spirit of legalization

In spite of trail-blazing by several U.S. states, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth seems intent on turning B.C.’s journey to cannabis legalization — a bright future of jobs, tax windfalls and the end of pernicious prosecutions — from a good trip into a bummer. The sprawling omnibus legislation the top cop tabled Thursday in the legislature continued the mishandling by both senior levels of government of the transition from nearly a century of enforcing a criminal prohibition to a marijuana-friendly economy. ...

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Kyla Lee on Global News BC: B.C. to unveil new pot legislation on Thursday

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Kyla Lee from Acumen Law sits down with Sonia Sunger Thursday to talk about the new pot legislation that is going to be announced Thursday. She talks about what legislation they would like to see, especially around impaired driving. Ms Lee said: "As far as the driving-related issues go, I would love to see legislation that is sensible, that relies on confirmation of impairment, not just saliva testing and not just THC concentration in the body. "Something that looks for actual, physical evidence of impairment to ensure that the people who are getting off the road are the people who need to be...

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