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Paul Doroshenko interviewed on Global News at 6

A day after BC's real estate watchdog promised changes to make purchasing a home in this province more transparent for buyers and sellers. Calls tonight for another change to empower consumers. Right now only realtors can see the full database of available homes. But some say there's no good reason that information should not be available to everybody. What you see in the MLS is only part of a much larger database accessible only by licenced realtors. The real estate board of Vancouver is threatening to sue ThinkPol, an online site that claims a realtor gave it access to some of that...

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Sarah Leamon: Christian ministers don’t require their own special section in the Criminal Code

The elimination of outdated, so-called “zombie” laws is just one of the many changes to the Criminal Code that our federal government has recently tabled. A number of zombie laws, arguably ripe for eradication, have been identified in Bill C-51. This bill is currently working its way through the House of Commons. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has said that repealing these redundant and unconstitutional laws is in line with principles of fundamental justice, such as consistency and clarity. She wants to bring the Criminal Code up-to-date and do away with any unnecessary or unlawful sections that remain. This seems like a rational, and...

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Kyla Lee interviewed by CBC News Vancouver at 6

A photograph uploaded by Vancouver police showing a driver apparently using two electronic devices behind the wheel is making headlines around the world. The reason? While the driver was being a bit absurd by tying the devices with what appears to be string to his steering wheel, the driver didn't actually break BC's distracted driving laws. As a result, police decided not to ticket the driver with using electronic devices behind the wheel. Instead, the driver received a lesser ticket, $81, for failing to produce a driver's licence. The reason the driver was not given a distracted driving ticket is because of how the...

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Sarah Leamon Interviewed on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM

Driving while high, how will TCH levels on the roadside be determined as over the limit? Sarah Leamon, Criminal defence lawyer at Acumen Law Corporation and Chair for the PACE Society board in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and holds a master of arts in women’s studies from UBC, breaks down the issue of determination which may fall on the shoulders of an officer. Listen to Sarah Leamon's interview on Roundhouse Radio:

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What determines if I’ll go to jail for drunk driving?

Going to Jail for DUI

Canadian laws can sentence drunk drivers to serious prison sentences, even if the driver in question was not involved in a serious collision where someone is injured or killed. Going to jail for drunk driving is not uncommon, and in fact, there are mandatory minimum jail sentences for multiple convictions of drunk driving. For a first-time drunk driving offence where a driver is convicted of having a blood alcohol level of .08 while behind the wheel, the offence accompanies a minimum fine of $1,000. However, as soon as you receive a second conviction, you’ll now receive a minimum jail sentence...

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Non-Lawyers Practicing Law: 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 whether non-lawyers should be allowed to practice law. 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!     Non-Lawyers Practicing Law   The legal profession is regulated by law societies in Canada, but there are recognized circumstances where a non lawyer can act for a person. Those circumstances are essentially to give emotional support...

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Twitter video shows vehicles disobeying stop sign in school zone

Paul Doroshenko

Social media users in Vancouver are up in arms over a Twitter video showing five consecutive vehicles disobeying a stop sign in a school zone on the city’s West Side. Vancouver lawyer Paul Doroshenko captured the footage at the intersection of West 27th Avenue and Crown Street and posted it Thursday evening. Only the last vehicle in the video, a white pickup truck, comes to a complete stop before turning right. “I see a culture shift on the West Side. Stop signs are now considered optional,” Doroshenko wrote in the post. “I made this video in a school zone. I dream of...

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Is the B.C. government’s crackdown a distracted-driving cash grab?

The B.C. government’s latest crackdown on distracted driving should be good news for Kyla Lee, a Vancouver defence lawyer who specializes in fighting traffic tickets in court. That’s because every time the government’s hammer comes down, the calls to her law office go up. It’s happened every time the people in charge have ramped up penalties against drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel. This time — with the fines and penalties scheduled to soar to $2,000 for a second offence — she’s expecting her own phone to ring off the hook. “Not a lot of people have $2,000 kicking around to...

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‘Unbelievable’: parents of slain cyclist outraged accused killer not criminally charged

Family members of a cyclist who was killed in Richmond last year are outraged after learning the driver who allegedly ran him down won’t face serious charges. “I was very confident that he would be criminally charged,” said Lianne Dean, whose son was six cyclists who were struck head-on while riding on River Road last November. Thirty-three-year-old Brad Dean died, while two other riders were seriously injured. Lianne Dean said investigators told her criminal charges were recommended to Crown. But Crown prosecutors charged Michael Wing Sing Fan — who was allegedly behind the wheel — with driving without care and attention, a non-criminal charge...

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