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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including cleaning up so-called “zombie laws”—removing from the Criminal Code offences that have long been deemed outdated or unconstitutional, such as challenging someone to a duel—as well as aligning sexual assault laws with existing Supreme Court...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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My employer is accusing me of theft — what happens now?

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You put 30 years into working at a retail job. As you are preparing for your final years before retirement, suddenly, your employer is accusing you of theft and fires you. In a moment, your experience, pension plan, vacation time and benefits are all out the window. You have to find a new job, which could be much harder with a criminal record. You will likely get paid less and have to work longer. This is what happened to one Sears employee, who was fired on the allegation she stole trial cosmetics only two years before she planned to retire. [pullquote]The...

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Drugs and Work: 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 the law should treat working individuals who have legitimate medical conditions related to drug use, especially relevant with the upcoming legalization of marijuana in Canada. 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 Teamsters Canada Rail Conference v. Canadian Pacific Railway Company decision is very interesting. One of their employees derailed a train...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed on CBC’s The Homestretch

The proposed plan to decriminalize drunk driving in Alberta is getting mixed reviews right now. The provincial government said to change the way drunk drivers are policed and prosecuted in Alberta. It's sim liar to the system already in place in BC. Officers will be given the option of laying criminal charges, but for the most part first-time offenders will be given sanctions that include fines, roadside towing and licence suspensions. Mothers Against Drunk Driving think this will be a good move for the court system and hopes the number of who drink and drive will decease, but not everyone is...

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Kyla Lee interviewed on Global News at 6: former RCMP inspector found not guilty of sex assault

Former RCMP Insp. Tim shields has been found not guilty of sexual assault teh charges in connection with an incident involving a civilian employee. That a sexual encounter occurred was acknowledged. The issue was whether it was consensual. She said it wasn’t shields said it was. Kyla Lee was interviewed by Global New’s Geoff Hastings: “This wasn’t a case of mistaken belief in consent. This was a case in which the judge found it was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt tat there was no consent.” As for the decision causing a chill for sexual assault victims thinking about coming forward. The recent words...

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Sarah Leamon on Roundhouse Radio: What is the deal with Bill C-23?

What is the deal with Bill C-23? Sarah Leamon, Criminal defence lawyer at Acumen Law Corporation and Chair of the PACE Society board in Vancouver joins Gene to break down Bill C-23 which will grant U.S. customs and border officials the right to detain Canadians in pre-clearance centres at Canadian airports, cruise ship terminals and other points of departure.   Roundhouse Radio: Now Sarah, these people who are the border guards they are Americans, they live in Canada, they live in Vancouver, they work at the Vancouver International Airport. The Vancouver International Airport is Canadian soil. This is a pre-clearance area for...

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