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Paul Doroshenko interviewed on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac on cellphone driving

Paul Doroshenko, a lawyer with Acumen Law, and Steve Wallace, a driving instructor and owner of Wallace Driving School, on distracted driving and driver education. David Black, an associate professor at Royal Roads University's School of Communication and Culture, on social media etiquette in light of critical reaction to Alessia Cara's Grammy win. From BC Almanac: Attorney General David Eby has promised changes to ICBC after it was revealed the insurer was facing a $1.3 billion shortfall this fiscal year. While the province consider its options, we want to know how much personal responsibility should drivers take to reduce motor vehicle crashes....

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Roy Ho interviewed by Global News on ride-hailing

Other provinces may have ride-sharing, but B.C. still doesn’t — and that means drivers of illegal companies operating in the province could find themselves in deep financial trouble if a collision were to happen, according to a lawyer with Acumen Law. Roy Ho says at the very least, drivers working for illegal ride-hailing companies should have a class 4 commercial license and insurance should be rated for business If not, he says “they can be on the hook personally for any claim that comes out of this accident.” And Ho says that number could easily run six figures, “depending on the nature of...

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Sarah Leamon interviewed by 604now on distracted driving

Traveling with Fido may feel non-negotiable for many drivers in BC; however, they may not realize the dangers inherent in doing so. Of course, there is no law against driving with an animal in one’s vehicle, but RCMP are cracking down all types of distracted driving. While the penalties for distracted driving refer to smart phones, there are other fines that encompass a much wider range of infractions. For example, there is no definitive law against eating while snacking. Yet, you can still get slapped with a staggering $368 fine for doing so. How is that possible? There is a penalty called “Driving without...

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ICBC and police exaggerate cellphone driving fatality numbers

Distracted driving. Sometimes it seems that's all we ever hear about these days from police, government and ICBC. We are told that there are thousands of drivers out there ripping around with their heads firmly buried in the electronic devices on their laps, causing chaos and countless injuries and deaths wherever they strike. [pullquote]...

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Marijuana Laws: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didnt

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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 how Canadian courts should deal with marijuana-related offences, knowing cannabis is about to be legal in the country. 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.     Should the impending legalization of marijuana mean that if you’re convicted of a marijuana possession or trafficking offence, that you shouldn’t go to jail? In her latest episode, Kyla discusses...

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Kyla Lee interviewed by CBC Vancouver at 6

Aldo Trinetti is a 50-year-old man who was charged with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and refusing to provide a breath sample. Last fall, Trinetti pleaded guilty but did not admit to consuming alcohol as a contributing factor. He received a nine-month jail sentence. Kyla Lee was interviewed by CBC Vancouver at 6 for the story. "The reason you often see lesser sentences like this is because there isn't that piece of evidence to link somebody to being impaired by alcohol. there’s that missing gap," she told CBC news. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1147209283548...

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Sarah Leamon interviewed by the Hill Times

Some defence lawyers are looking to the Senate to fix a government justice bill they say would make unconstitutional changes to the way courts deal with sexual assault cases. The wide-ranging Bill C-51 cleared the House of Commons on Dec. 11 and will be in front of the Upper Chamber during the upcoming sitting, which begins Jan. 29. It aims to do a number of things, including cleaning up so-called “zombie laws”—removing from the Criminal Code offences that have long been deemed outdated or unconstitutional, such as challenging someone to a duel—as well as aligning sexual assault laws with existing Supreme Court...

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Kyla Lee interviewed on Global News

Marijuana vendors who return to set up shop at an illegal pot market in downtown Vancouver may be putting themselves at more risk than they think. Criminal lawyer Kyla Lee said that when people are arrested, they’re usually released on a promise to appear in court, as long as they don’t have more run-ins with the law. But she said that marijuana vendors risk losing a shot at bail if they continue to rack up charges. “They wait in jail until their trial date, or until they plead guilty, and the problem with circumstances where you don’t have bail is that it becomes...

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Métis Heritage: 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 how Canada is the only country in the world with its unique Métis population, and the courts obligations in recognizing these people's status. 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.     A convicted drug smuggler argues he shouldn't be extradited to the United States to face charges because of his unique status — he's Métis. Though the...

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Access to Justice: 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 problem that small fees such as printing and filing costs can have on someone's ability to access the justice system. 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.     The example we’re using today is the case of a man named John Turmel. He's famous for having grieved the results of more elections than any...

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