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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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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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Intervenors in Criminal Trials: 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 whether someone who couldn't testify at a trial, such as a vulnerable person, should be nevertheless able to intervene to provide context to proceedings. 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, or check out her website! MGW was a complainant in a sexual assault case. She lived...

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Disciplinary Delays: 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 whether lengthy delays in disciplinary cases (for regulatory bodies like doctors and lawyers, for example) should result in allegations being thrown out after a case is delayed too long, as in criminal trials. 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.     Pierre Mailloux was ultimately the subject of...

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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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Freemen of the Land: 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 the phenomenon of people who call themselves "Freemen of the Land." 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.     This case involves a man named Norris Barens, who argued he shouldn't have to have a driver's licence because he's a human being. His argument is that all humans are "freemen...

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Police Questioning: 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 how far police should be allowed to question suspects for the purposes of officer safety. 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.     Police Questioning Today's case centrals around Charles Patrick. Mr. Patrick was involved in an investigative detention by the RCMP. The police have the power to detain somebody for...

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Non-Lawyers Practicing Law: 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 non-lawyers should be allowed to practice law. 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!     Non-Lawyers Practicing Law   The legal profession is regulated by law societies in Canada, but there are recognized circumstances where a non lawyer can act for a person. Those circumstances are essentially to give emotional support...

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Drugs and Foreign Evidence: 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 talk about how the courts should deal with evidence obtained OUTSIDE of Canada, when the prosecution takes place 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.     Drugs and Foreign Evidence Today, we're going to talk about the case of Jeremy Stark. Mr Stark and his associate Mr. Mehan were convicted at trial of trafficking cocaine into the...

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The Lost Evidence: 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 talk about how the courts should deal with issues of "lost evidence" in criminal cases. 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 Lost Evidence Anita Marianne Dunkers, Between 2007 and 2010 it was allege that Ms. Dunkers stole over $200,000 from a charity she was working at. By the time the investigation was concluded and the case...

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