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Kyla Lee on CBC News

Being charged with distracted driving in British Columbia is getting a little bit harder, after a B.C. Supreme Court judge recently ruled that simply having a cell phone within sight of the driver isn't enough for a conviction. The case came up when a B.C. driver was given a hefty ticket for distracted driving because his phone was wedged in the passenger seat, even though he wasn't touching it. ...

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Kyla Lee on The Star Vancouver

VANCOUVER—Having your cellphone loose in the car no longer counts as distracted driving, according to a recent ruling by a B.C. Supreme Court judge. In his March 1 decision, Justice Murray Blok said a driver who appealed his conviction was not “using” the phone and therefore was not guilty of distracted driving. Under British Columbia’s Motor Vehicle Act, people can use electronic devices while driving in a hands-free manner only if the device is securely fixed to the vehicle. ...

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Kyla Lee on The Shift with Drex regarding Cannabis Pardons

Last week, the federal government introduced legislation to provide pardons to people convicted of simple cannabis possession with no application fee and no wait time.  Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the legislation will allow people to shed the stigma of a record, eliminating barriers to job opportunities, education, housing, and even the ability to volunteer for a charity in their community. We chat to criminal lawyer Kyla Lee...

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