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Paul Boyd shooting

Quiet place

At the time Paul Boyd was killed by the Vancouver Police, we worked in the same building. I was in a law firm on the second floor and Mr. Boyd worked a few floors above. I saw him from time to time in the small coffee and sandwich shop the main floor. I spoke with him briefly when I ran into him. He came down to the coffee shop, usually with a colleague. I overheard some conversations. He seemed to be a very personable, sensitive, insightful and intelligent individual. He was always courteous waiting for the elevator. When he was killed in...

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90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions are back

As we were writing the blog posting for this morning, the Government got Bill 46 on the agenda and it received 3rd reading. 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions for blowing Fail on an ASD are back. The debate is really disillusioning. The NDP did not appear to even understand the process of disputing an IRP. You can read the unofficial Hansard here. All that is left is the formality of the Bill receiving Royal Assent. Typically that happens in a couple of days. Another sad day for justice in BC....

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Thoroughly examine the legislation: Bill 46 IRPs for Fail

Examine the legislation IRPs for fail

As of today at 3:30 p.m. the BC legislative assembly is on vacation until October. So the Government hopes to push through the Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) changes in the next few hours. Bill 46 pays lip service to some of the concerns we've raised, but it does nothing to address issues such as the rubber-stamp of Charter violations by the police with respect to IRPs for Fail. In case you missed it, most of our blog is devoted to the catastrophically stupid IRP legislation. We think it should be scrapped. You can spend a few hours reading some of our...

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Expect the expected

The Government is only sitting until the end of the day Thursday before the summer break, so you can expect them to speed through the bills including Bill 46 which brings back IRPs for Fail and Bill 52 which takes away your right to a trial and all of your Charter rights with respect to traffic tickets. Sneaky ones that they are, the Government introduced these bills with less than 3 weeks left in the legislative session along with about 10 other stinky bills. This is the Stephen Harper Federal Conservative method of introducing legislation -- dump a truckload of legislative...

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Opportunities for mischief

Opportunities for mischief

We discussed in general the opportunity a tribunal has to change the evidence, if in fact their goal is to uphold an allegation. The reason that this can happen is a lack of transparency at the tribunal level. There is no substitute for the cold dispassionate hand of justice as you will find in the courts of this province. In court, transparency is part of the process. In our experience you will not find anything like this type of transparency at an in-house tribunal in Government offices. Our current Government is not so interested in ensuring justice as it is in...

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Transparency at tribunal hearings

Transparency at tribunal hearings

We have been discussing the Government’s steps to remove decision making from the courts, i.e. the justice system, and to move it in-house. Our concern is that the Government has decided that justice is not in its interest because it costs money and justice is not as effective at taking people's money as an in-house tribunal will be. Simply put, with an in-house tribunal the Government has more opportunities to influence the process and consequently dictate the results for political and financial reasons. We have covered many of the ways that Government can influence the process when shunting cases to a...

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Good news stories for the upcoming election: BCLiberal Strategy

The Federal and Provincial Governments are doing so many creepy things right now that it's hard to know where to start. Of course, part of the plan is to flood us with major changes by way of omnibus bills and numerous revolutionary bills introduced with just a few weeks to pass them. It's sneaky, surreptitious, disingenuous and really creepy. You may have heard that the Federal Government is going to replace the 1000 member Employment Insurance review board with a 74 member board that simply says "No." They expect it will be a lot faster. So you can see that the BC...

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Krusty’s Clown College

The BC Government makes stupid mistake that cost taxpayers

BC taxpayers are going to be on the hook for a lot of money due to the stupid mistakes of the BCLiberal Government. As we warned them (actually Edmund Burke warned them in 1790) revolutionary change always has unintended consequences. Those who advocate for revolutionary change never contemplate how it will backfire. Often the results are problems far worse than the original situation. Moving from Burke, and thinking about the costs of the flawed IRP scheme, the pay back for the constitutionally invalid scheme to rent out courtrooms and the costs that will flow from the ridiculous scheme to move traffic...

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The BC Supreme Court calls it like it is

Court ruling

October 2, 2014 UPDATE: The Supreme Court of Canada reversed the decision of the BC Court of Appeal, essentially reinstating the trial judge's ruling. As we originally said, the BC Supreme Court judge called it like it is. The decision can be found here: http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/14375/1/document.do   The newspaper headline will talk about the BC Supreme Court finding that court fees are unconstitutional. The decision is 178 pages long, and we noticed that the Court's website is down, so for the ease of our readers we've posted the entire judgment here (Vilardell v. Dunham). The Court covers many of the problems we've discussed on our...

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Peer pressure

Peer pressure

We have been dealing with a topic that is particularly concerning to us. It should be on the minds of every British Columbian, and that is the steps that the Government is taking to oust the jurisdiction of the courts for most matters and to move adjudication to in-house tribunals. If our courts were properly funded, there would be no backlog in dealing with matters. The Government is going to use piles of our tax money to create these new tribunals. And the purpose, we think, is so they can control the outcome of the cases. The Government has tried to...

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