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Paul Doroshenko Interviewed on Steele and Drex: Charges stayed against notorious gangster Jamie Bacon

In a shocking decision, the BC Supreme Court has stayed murder and conspiracy charges against notorious gangster Jamie Bacon. The charges were laid following six murders: known as the Surrey Six, a case described drug turf dispute that went wrong and resulted in multiple innocents being executed.   Steele and Drex: What was your reaction when you first heard this today? Paul Doroshenko: It’s shocking...

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New tougher penalties for street racers slammed by local lawyer

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As of December 1st tougher penalties will be imposed on dangerous drivers in BC and a local attorney says the existing system is bad but claims the incoming changes are worse. Earlier this week the provincial government announced it was cracking down on dangerous drivers which could see those caught street racing lose their driving privileges for up to three years and not just a few days. ? The new rules replace the existing 15-day penalty for street racing or stunt driving with much longer penalties, which would be determined by Road Safety BC on a case-by-case basis. Most driving...

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Kyla Lee Interviewed on Global News at 6

On December 1, 2017, new rules came in with stiffer driving prohibitions for street racing and stunt driving. Under the rules prior to Dec.1, penalties for street racing or stunt driving could land you a 15-day penalty. But after Dec. 1, those same penalties could be increased to the range of three to 36 months. The NDP government says the penalties are intended for those who recklessly speed in urban areas, pointing to an example of travelling 180 km/h over the Lions Gate Bridge, which would be more than three times the speed limit in the area. ? Global News interviewed Kyla Lee,...

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British Columbia sets new penalties for street racing, stunt driving

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British Columbia's new NDP government appears to have its sights set on stronger penalties for driving offences. Earlier in November, the government increased penalties for distracted driving by raising insurance premiums for those drivers who receive two or more distracted driving tickets in three years. Previously, that would have cost British Columbians an additional $1,256 in total fines and points, but with the changes announced on Nov. 6, 2017 (to take effect March 1, 2018) the new premiums will cost $1,996. And now, just 23 days later, BC Government appears to be toughening the minimum penalties for street racing and stunt driving...

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Ponzi scheme impacts church congregation

Scores of B.C. investors – many of them from the same church – have lost millions in an apparent Ponzi scheme. The woman they hold responsible still attends that church and as Grace Ke reports, this case is a real warning to others who may be promised unusually large returns on their investments. Grace Ke reports. ? Watch the full interview with Kyla Lee on Global News: ...

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Increased fines for DUI over .12 coming to Canada

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The Canadian government is increasing the fines for criminal DUIs, codifying aggravating factors that would normally be left up to a judge's discretion. The changes come as part of the omnibus Bill C-46, which passed its third reading on October 31, 2017. The bill makes significant changes to a number of drinking-driving offences, including the new designations of DUI over .12 and DUI over .16.  What will the new cost be for a DUI over .12 in British Columbia? The new law, which is now before the Senate, creates different punishment depending on the drivers blood-alcohol concentration. If the law...

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New drinking and driving rules bring mandatory alcohol screening to Canada

In May, the federal government tabled Bill C-46, which would amend the Criminal Code for impaired driving offences. The proposed changes come on the eve of the government’s legalization of recreational cannabis use, and they include new “legal limit” drug offences, as well as mandatory alcohol screening. Proponents say that mandatory alcohol screening, for one, will bring Canada into line with other Western nations that have lowered impaired driving charges using this form of screening; but the criminal defence bar cautions that aspects of the new bill may present Charter challenges and further burdens on the courts. ? ??“I think, absolutely, we are...

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Freemen of the Land: 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, we discuss the phenomenon of people who call themselves "Freemen of the Land." 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. For more Kyla Lee, follow her on Twitter.     This case involves a man named Norris Barens, who argued he shouldn't have to have a driver's licence because he's a human being. His argument is that all humans are "freemen...

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Kyla Lee interviewed on Global News Hour at 6

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Human remains of an 18-year-old teen girl were found on the Salmon Arm, BC farm where Curtis Sagmoen lives. Sagmoen, a 37-year-old, has been charged in connection with an alleged threat towards a sex worker using a firearm. Whether any connection between the charges Sagmoen is currently facing, and the human remains of teen Traci Genereaux remains to be seen. Global News interviewed Kyla Lee on what this means for Sagmoen, who has not been charged with any crime in connection with Genereaux's remains. Kyla Lee: "If it's just these charges that they end up pursuing they can't establish enough of a connection Ms....

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Sarah Leamon interviewed on CBC Early Edition 88.1 FM

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An ER doc at Royal Columbian Hospital alleges police are breaching doctor patient confidentiality. Dr. Tony Taylor alleges RCMP and New Westminster police have recorded conversations between doctors and patients who might be involved in a crime. New West police did sent us a statement, and said “while our investigative techniques are sometimes required in emergency room settings, it supports the position patient health care always take priority over any need for evidence gathering.” For more on the legal implications of this, we’re joined this morning with Sarah Leamon, Sarah is a criminal defence lawyer with Acumen Law and chair of the...

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