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Twitter video shows vehicles disobeying stop sign in school zone

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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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Loved ones of Vancouver hit-and-run victim still waiting to see justice

The family and friends of a man killed in a Vancouver hit-and-run last year are still waiting for someone to be held accountable. Ryan Barron was struck by a car while skateboarding along Heather Street in the early morning hours of April 17, 2016. The 30-year-old was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him,” said Ian Dummer, a friend and bandmate. “He means a lot to a lot of people." Days after Barron was killed, a badly damaged 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer was seized from a home in East...

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B.C. eyes stricter distracted driving penalties as collisions surge

The B.C. government is considering imposing stricter penalties on distracted drivers as collisions across the province continue to surge. -- Criminal defence lawyer Paul Doroshenko says increased fines, however, don't necessarily deter people from breaking the law. "The whole idea here is to deter people — we just don't want people to pick up their phones and be distracted," said Doroshenko. "The problem that I see is that we never see the follow-through on enforcement." Doroshenko says increased penalties don't necessarily deter drivers from using their phones behind the wheel. "People don't think about the morality of the crime, they think about their self-interest. And...

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Man in viral Abbotsford racist rant video pleads guilty to assault

Almost a year after appearing in a racially-charged video and being criminally charged, a man has pleaded guilty to assault. Karry Corbett was captured on camera by an Abbotsford lawyer last October after getting into an argument with a parking enforcement officer. Lawyer Ravi Duhra said he began filming when he became concerned about Cobertt’s behaviour towards the officer, but that’s when Cobertt’s attention turned to Duhra. In the video, Corbett is filmed throwing a litany of racist slurs at Duhra, calling him a “P*ki” and a “camel-riding motherf*****.” He goes back to his truck and yells, “White power motherf*****” while beating on his...

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Drive-through workers checking for impaired drivers

When you grab that burger and fries, the drive-through attendant may be giving you the once-over to check if you’re drunk or high. Those keeping an eye on the law here are watching a pilot project in Ontario where police are training drive-through workers to report impaired drivers. Paul Doroshenko, a Vancouver criminal lawyer, says a number of restaurants in BC also have staff on the lookout. “Most restaurants that have a drive-through have some sort of protocol to deal with impaired drivers and sometimes your restaurant won’t be serving fast food if you show up there and they think that you’re impaired.” Doroshenko...

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Ian Mulgrew: ‘Smoking gun’ roadside prohibition emails protected by court

Provincial government documents that fell into the hands of Vancouver lawyers putatively revealing the inner workings of the controversial Immediate Roadside Prohibition tribunal will remain secret. The B.C. Court of Appeal said the 19 pages — primarily unvetted email exchanges between a Ministry of Justice lawyer and RoadSafetyBC staff, in part instructing adjudicators how to rule in IRP cases — were protected by solicitor-client privilege. “I am disappointed with this outcome, and we are considering our options at this stage and considering the implications of the decision,” said Kyla Lee, of Acumen Law Corp. “Myself and the other lawyers in our office remain...

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How Paul Doroshenko Went from Boosting BC Liberals to Suing Them

After pitching in on three campaigns, lawyer hates what he sees on TV. A Tyee interview. Paul Doroshenko’s first political volunteer job was sawing stakes and putting out signs for Gordon Campbell in 2001. From there the lawyer moved to the phones, ringing up people to urge them to vote BC Liberal. A grateful party appointed their keener to be a scrutineer at polling stations on Election Day. In all Doroshenko worked on three election campaigns with BC Liberals. He was so dedicated, as he recently tweeted, he’d pound campaign signs in the ground “Often in the pouring rain. In my suit...

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B.C. government sued over use of taxpayer-funded advertising

Two Vancouver lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the B.C. government for allegedly misusing tax money. The civil claim — filed Monday morning by David Fai and Paul Doroshenko — alleges the government broke the law by spending as much as $15 million a year ago to "enhance the image of the governing BC Liberal party." "We are seeking that the money being spent by the government on non-essential advertisement be reimbursed to the government coffers," said Doroshenko. "We look at all these advertisements that the government is running right now as breach of the obligation the government has to spend money...

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Interview on the Kash Heed show re the ‘independence’ of RoadSafetyBC’s tribunal

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Today on The Kash Heed Show, we had the pleasure of having an engaging and informative conversation with Paul Doroshenko, a criminal lawyer from Acumen Law Corporation.[pullquote]Acumen Law is “disclosing what’s going on behind the scenes” and are using it in defence of their clients.[/pullquote] The Attorney General lost a recent suit against Acumen Law relating to a Freedom of Information request from Acumen, and now there has been some dispute regarding 19 pages of a document released to the law corporation, and the government wants it back. Doroshenko has made it clear that won’t be the case. In his words,...

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