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Kyla Lee on BC Almanac: 4:20 and a look ahead to legal recreational marijuana

Kyla Lee on CBC's BC Almanac

Criminal lawyer Kyla Lee on 4:20 and legal recreational marijuana. Kyla Lee was on CBC's BC Almanac to discuss her victory in a BC Supreme Court appeal that effectively renders all 24-hour driving prohibitions for suspected drug-impaired driving issued not at the roadside illegal. She said the ruling was going to have a "very significant impact". "Historically what we have seen," Ms Lee said. "Is police officers detaining somebody at the roadside, conducting an investigation and forming their grounds to believe that they have a  drug in their system and then taking them to the police detachment for further evidential drug testing and then serve...

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If you get charged with smoking pot and driving this 4/20, you need to call us

Smoking Pot and Driving

The decriminalization of cannabis marijuana is just around the corner in Canada which means this 4/20 will be special to many Canadians as the final time they can celebrate the holiday illicitly. It also means police will be on high alert and you are more likely to get pulled over if they suspect you of drug-impaired driving. If you get caught smoking pot and driving this 4/20, you need to call us. The problems with roadside testing for marijuana impairment Despite the impending legalization of weed, the laws around what constitutes drug-impaired driving are still as hazy as Snoop Dogg’s dressing room....

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4/20: What You Need Know Before You Go

4/20

This year’s 4/20 cannabis celebration in Vancouver is shaping up to be one of the biggest on record. And with legalization on the horizon, interest in the event and the politics that accompany it is at an all time… high. Misinformation about marijuana laws and how they can affect you, even on 4/20 is abundant. We at Acumen Law Corporation wanted to write a handy guide to help you navigate the 4/20 cannabis celebration and your legal rights and obligations. Smoking Marijuana In Public Here’s the bad news: despite promises of legalization, it is still a criminal offence to possess marijuana in any...

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Bill C-75 Fails To Deliver Necessary Changes To The Justice System

Sarah Leamon writing for The Huffington Post

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has introduced a massive, 300-page bill to overhaul the justice system. While many aspects of Bill C-75 are intended to curb courtroom delay, others are focused on ending intimate partner violence and diversifying juries. But will this bill be effective? I recently read Bill C-75. Here's what you need to know. One of the most controversial aspects of Bill C-75 is its proposal to do away with preliminary inquiries in the vast majority of criminal proceedings. Generally speaking, preliminary inquiries are used to test the strength of the Crown's case prior to proceeding to trial. Adults charged with an indictable offence...

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Competing Statutes: 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 competing statutes and conflicting 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. As the law expands to include more administrative tribunals, we run into the situation where the administrative work done by one tribunal conflicts with the administrative work done by another tribunal. In the case of Alex Gilmor who had a property dispute and...

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Sarah Leamon in The Georgia Straight on the Canadian ban of paying for surrogacy

A Liberal MP is trying to change Canada’s surrogacy laws and expand reproductive rights for Canadians. Anthony Housefather has announced his plans to introduce a private member's bill, which would repeal the current legal prohibitions against paying for a surrogate. Current laws are surrogacy in Canada are vague...

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Sacha Roudette on Roundhouse Radio about Former CTV Reporter Paul Bliss

What happens when #MeToo goes to court? Sacha Roudette, Barrister and Solicitor with Acumen Law Corporation, chats with Gene about former CTV Reporter Paul Bliss's Case. Roundhouse Radio: What's going to happen in this law suit? Who has to prove what? How is going to be proven if in fact this does go to a court case, set the stage for us. Sacha Roudette: There's going to have to be evidence tendered, there's going to be examination of that evidence, there's going to be credibility assessments that go on on both sides, and the court will have to make a decision based...

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Defamatory libel: Canadians’ freedom of speech is under attack by a law older than Canada

Last week, an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail highlighted a worrying issue that threatens to undermine every Canadian’s freedom of expression. In the article, professor David Pritchard and assistant professor Lisa Taylor argue a little-known law known as defamatory libel is being used to treat libel as a criminal offence. Defamation is traditionally dealt with under civil proceedings but research they intend to publish apparently shows it has been used in 400 completed criminal prosecutions between 2000 and 2016. What is defamatory libel? The name itself is confusing. After all, defamation can be broken down into two categories: libel when...

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The Law of Causation: 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 law of causation when it comes to damages that occurred due to negligence. 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. If property damages occurred, and the reason for the damages is quite obvious once prior negligence had been discovered, is that sufficient to determine the fault? In law there is a concept called causation,...

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Sarah Leamon on CBC News: Women’s Association of Criminal Lawyers

A criminal defence lawyer based in Richmond, B.C., has created a support group for female lawyers in reaction to what she claims is rising discrimination in the field. Sarah Leamon says she created the Women's Association of Criminal Lawyers to give women in criminal law a space to address and share their concerns. Leamon, who has been in the field of criminal law for the past seven years, says she has experienced numerous forms of discrimination in and outside the courthouse. She said while the number of men and women going to school to become criminal lawyers is roughly equal, she's noticed an alarming rate of women leaving the field...

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