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Legal marijuana regulations announced in British Columbia

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Legal, recreational weed is coming to BC next year. On Dec. 5, 2017, BC government finally announced its first decisions on legal marijuana regulation. Like alcohol and tobacco, the legal age for cannabis will be set to 19. BC's Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will be the wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis in BC. There will be a public and private retail model with details of the private cannabis retail model anticipated in early 2018. While this sounds like big news, BC Government actually has not released a lot of information. Most provincial governments across Canada had already announced similar plans — months before. After...

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What are my rights at a roadblock in Canada?

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Whether it’s a long weekend, the holidays, as part of some CounterAttack program or just because police feel like it, police roadblocks are a reality nearly all Canadian drivers are familiar with. In the vast majority of cases, motorists will pull up, show the officer their driver’s licence and insurance, and if there are no infractions detected the motorist is free to drive away. Charged after being stopped at a roadblock? Give us a call. 604-685-8889. But often, police will probe a lot further than simply asking for your licence and insurance papers. The most common one many drivers will have heard...

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Lawyer Malpractice: 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 people should be responsible for the actions, or inactions, of their lawyers. 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.     Gestion Patron had sued the Royal Bank of Canada. The Royal Bank and Mr. Patron both had lawyers. The lawyers in this case failed to act appropriately by failing...

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New Rules About Street Racing Misleading Says Lawyer — CKNW AM980

The prohibitions for street racing and stunt driving in BC have been significantly extended in an effort to combat these driving offences. At first blush, it looks like the penalties are a step in the right direction, but Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee has some concerns.   CKNW: You wrote about this on your blog and raised many points of issues you have with this ...

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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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