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Kyla Lee on Global News BC: B.C. to unveil new pot legislation on Thursday

Kyla Lee on Global BC

Kyla Lee from Acumen Law sits down with Sonia Sunger Thursday to talk about the new pot legislation that is going to be announced Thursday. She talks about what legislation they would like to see, especially around impaired driving. Ms Lee said: "As far as the driving-related issues go, I would love to see legislation that is sensible, that relies on confirmation of impairment, not just saliva testing and not just THC concentration in the body. "Something that looks for actual, physical evidence of impairment to ensure that the people who are getting off the road are the people who need to be...

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Kyla Lee Interviewed on NL Local News First: Thousands of 24 hour driving prohibitions may now be overturned

The BC Supreme Court has ruled today that police officers can only issue 24 hour drug impaired driving prohibitions at the roadside and nowhere else. “It has the potential to have 24 hour prohibitions removed from thousands of people’s driving record.” Acumen Law’s Kyla Lee says it all stems from a ruling today. “Today the BC Supreme Court ruled that police officers cannot issue 24 hour prohibitions for drugs to drivers at police stations or anywhere that is not right at the roadside when they are dealing with them. This has the potential to impact thousands of cases that have already been issued...

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Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko on Global News BC: ‘Our 4/20 gift’: B.C. lawyers claim victory in fight over 24-hour driving prohibitions

Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko on Global News BC

A B.C. law firm is claiming victory in a battle over the power of police to hand out 24-hour driving prohibitions to impaired drivers. A decision rendered in B.C. Supreme Court “essentially limits the authority of police to issue them to only at the roadside,” Acumen Law lawyer Kyla Lee, who argued the case, told CKNW’s The Lynda Steele Show. B.C.’s Motor Vehicle Act empowers police to hand out the 24-hour roadside suspensions to drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers. However, Lee argued that police have been frequently handing them out, illegally, elsewhere — either at the police department, in a hospital or at another location. To...

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Kyla Lee on BC Almanac: 4:20 and a look ahead to legal recreational marijuana

Kyla Lee on CBC's BC Almanac

Criminal lawyer Kyla Lee on 4:20 and legal recreational marijuana. Kyla Lee was on CBC's BC Almanac to discuss her victory in a BC Supreme Court appeal that effectively renders all 24-hour driving prohibitions for suspected drug-impaired driving issued not at the roadside illegal. She said the ruling was going to have a "very significant impact". "Historically what we have seen," Ms Lee said. "Is police officers detaining somebody at the roadside, conducting an investigation and forming their grounds to believe that they have a  drug in their system and then taking them to the police detachment for further evidential drug testing and then serve...

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Bill C-75 Fails To Deliver Necessary Changes To The Justice System

Sarah Leamon writing for The Huffington Post

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has introduced a massive, 300-page bill to overhaul the justice system. While many aspects of Bill C-75 are intended to curb courtroom delay, others are focused on ending intimate partner violence and diversifying juries. But will this bill be effective? I recently read Bill C-75. Here's what you need to know. One of the most controversial aspects of Bill C-75 is its proposal to do away with preliminary inquiries in the vast majority of criminal proceedings. Generally speaking, preliminary inquiries are used to test the strength of the Crown's case prior to proceeding to trial. Adults charged with an indictable offence...

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Can Workplaces Drug Test Employees After Weed’s Legal?

Sarah Leamon writing for the Huffington Post

As the government's self-imposed deadline for marijuana legalization approaches, politicians and legislators have been working around the clock to tie up any loose ends that could potentially cause problems once the product legally hits the streets. So far, they have tackled complex issues around marijuana and driving, as well as setting age limits and guidelines around the manufacture and purchase of the product. But there is still a lot to do, and perhaps some of the biggest outstanding questions have to do with employment.  ...

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Kyla Lee interviewed about rainbow parking lot on Global News

A parking lot could end up a paradise for a group of LGBTQ students and allies in Merritt, after city council rejected their proposal for a rainbow crosswalk. Students at Merritt Secondary School had planned the crosswalk for the intersection of Chapman Street and Coldwater Avenue, and would have installed it at no cost to the city. ?Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday against the proposal. The crosswalk was rejected, in part, because it could “open kind of a Pandora’s box” for any group that wanted a special crosswalk of their own, said Mayor Neil Menard. Councillors had also expressed concern about the coloured paint...

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Kyla Lee interviewed by Global News on Empty Homes Tax

The Unfair Vancouver Vacant Homes Tax Coalition describes its purpose in the name. The group is calling on the city to do something as the Feb. 2 deadline for the empty home tax declaration approaches. Rainer Borkenhagen says the group is made of members that are mostly retired and live across the country, but still own homes in Vancouver. Borkenhagen himself lives in Gibsons, but owns a condo in Vancouver. ...

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Paul Doroshenko interviewed by CKNW’s Mike Smyth on distracted driving

Full interview available on CKNW: CKNW: Let's talk about distracted driving in our province now. we all know BC government has been sounding the alarm on the number of crashes and deaths caused by distracted driving in our province. they're bringing in huge new penalties on people caught using their phones behind the wheel of their car. You get set for even tougher action on this. With ICBC losing so much money, this is government is on the hunt for for new revenue so i suspect you might see those distracted driving penalties go even higher. but are the statistics telling us the...

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