The City of Vancouver is considering a motion that would permit it to work with the BC Government and Vancouver Police Department in an attempt to withhold driver’s licenses for individuals who have unpaid bylaw fines for fighting and other bylaw offences.
NPA Councillor Melissa De Genova appears to have tabled a motion that suggests the City of Vancouver should try to withhold driver’s licenses from individuals who have not paid these fines. However, there is currently no statutory authority for this to be done. Her motion would have the City of Vancouver pressure the province to amend BC’s Motor Vehicle Act for the sole purpose of the City collecting more revenue.
It is unlikely this will happen.
If Weird and Wacky Wednesdays were a baby, I'd have carried it to term. So this week, I birth unto you dear readers three weird and wacky legal stories. The first involves our favorite source of entertainment in the world: Florida. A rogue suspended mayor for all the wrong reasons. Then, we look at one unique defence to a distracted driving ticket. Finally, we examine the case of a lawyer who needs a little lesson in personal hygeine.
Follow the link below to learn more about these strange and exciting legal cases.
There is still time to register for a webinar about new testing methods for drug-impaired driving. Kyla Lee, of Acumen Law, will host Drug Recognition Testing: Criminal & Civil Case Considerations on March 4 for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC.
New testing methods to evaluate impairment were introduced alongside the legalization of cannabis. The reality is we are going to see more and more drug-impaired driving cases both at criminal and civil trials. This online talk is aimed at providing both civil and criminal lawyers with a better understanding of these methods, including the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program.
This week on Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn't! we look at the power of courts to determine the constitutional validity of legislation. Some courts have the power to strike down laws, while others do not. And if certain charges can only be dealt with in certain courts, then remedies for unconstitutional laws may be out of the grasp of accused individuals. Is this fair? I think not, and the Supreme Court of Canada could have had an opportunity to correct the issue.
Watch this week's episode to find out more.
This week on the Driving Law Podcast, I welcome back the wonderful Erik Magraken of MacIsaac and Company to talk about major changes to ICBC's litigation strategy. In particular, we discuss new limits on the number of experts a person can have in their personal injury trial and a recent court decision that lambasted ICBC for its heavy-handed strategies in trying to force unreasonable settlements.
I'm also pleased to announce that the Driving Law podcast is now part of the Cannabis Media Collective!
You can listen online on SoundCloud, PlayerFM, or subscribe on iTunes!
This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of how far one man will go for a box of crackers. Trust me, it’s way too far. We also look at the hilarious tale of a mistaken bomb threat in a Kansas Home Depot. And finally, we delve into the weird world of what illegal business takes place in the drive-thru lineup of Sonic Restaurants in Mississippi, and what steps the store has taken to combat it.
Click the link below to read the three weirdest and wackiest legal cases of this week!
This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at how a weekly bingo event at a seniors home in Ontario could end with police attending -- and not for a dead body. Then, we examine yet another hilarious but possibly wrongful way to be terminated from your employment. Finally, I get to express a little jealousy over the case of an Australian man who appears to have gotten away with a crime that I would very much like to commit if I had a free pass.
Read on to find out what that is, and more on this week's edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays!
The recent shooting of a Vancouver Transit Police officer caused a great deal of tension in the community. Not only was a gunman on the loose for several days, creating a sense of fear in the Lower Mainland, but the alleged attacker was also so comfortable with a weapon that he was willing to use it on a police officer.
Police are not often shot in Canada, thankfully. That fact made the idea of someone on the loose who had allegedly shot a police officer that much more troubling.
As details about the shooting and the suspect emerged, however, the conversation changed from one of how horrible it was that a police officer was shot, to one of how horrible it was that a man who had already taken a life was loose on the streets, able to try to do it again.
And that brings up the difficult topic of statutory release.
This week on Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn't, we look at the duty of defence counsel to investigate their clients' cases, as well as information and allegations contained in the police reports. When does the duty arise, and how is it triggered? And how far are defence lawyers supposed to go in conducting investigations. All these issues could have been considered by the Supreme Court of Canada. Watch the video to learn more.
A recent article published by Manisha Krishnan for VICE told a harrowing tale. A woman, who uses medical
cannabis to treat her Multiple Sclerosis, was arrested and investigated for impaired driving on the basis of a positive test for cannabis.
The facts are simple: the woman went out to celebrate her son’s birthday. Before she left, she smoked half a tiny joint. She was pulled over on the way home. She admitted to having one drink, and was given a breathalyser. She passed. She was then asked to do a roadside saliva test for cannabis. The test came up positive for THC.
On the basis of that, she was arrested, taken to the police detachment, and subjected to the Drug Recognition Evaluation Program. Despite her medical condition, she managed to pass the DRE test. She was then released. But not before her vehicle was impounded and she was given a roadside suspension for cannabis use.
Vancouver Criminal Lawyer with a focus on impaired driving, cannabis legalization and related issues, and immediate roadside prohibition defence.