Month: July 2018
And if I weren’t so upset by it, I would be inserting jokes at Ontario’s expense here.
Ever since the Newmarket region of Ontario set Canada’s record for the highest sentence ever handed down in an impaired driving case, after the Marco Muzzo sentencing, Ontario has developed a disturbing trend of issuing jail sentences to first time impaired drivers.
This is incredibly problematic and serves only to harm the administration of justice in the long term. And this blog post explains why.
Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer based in Blaine, Wash., says he’s received many calls from businesses who tried to travel to the U.S. and were either turned away or banned. He says that’s been accompanied by a spike in applications for waivers.
“It used to be that almost all my waiver connections were criminal convictions. Now I would say probably 25 per cent of my waivers, where it used to be one or two per cent, are waivers where people have run into problems because of marijuana,” he said. “When I first started practicing in Blaine 15 years ago, I’d maybe get one or two cases a year, and when they legalized it in Washington state… my cases went up to one or two a month. When Trudeau started legalizing marijuana… my cases went up to one or two a week. So it’s a huge growth industry for immigration lawyers.”
Practically speaking, this means that if mom and dad admit to smoking pot, they may be prevented from taking the kids to Disneyland on the family vacation. Or a person who works at a dispensary may be denied entry and not permitted to travel to the United States for a medical procedure not available in Canada.
The consequences are significant and there is a lot that is unknown about how Canadian legal cannabis use will impact border travel.
This week, Paul Doroshenko and I speak about the decision by Greyhound to cease service on all but one of its Western Canada routes. Next, we talk about some of the hurdles the Crown will face in the prosecution of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, and look a little deeper at the bail conditions he was placed on. Finally, we talk about a recent report in Alberta about driver licensing centres and the fraud, bribery, and sexual assault allegations that have recently come to light.
Ms. Moore had applied to the Law Society of BC to transfer from her former regulating body, the Law Society of Alberta (LSA). She also applied to practice in BC on a temporary basis until the transfer was decided.
All on this week’s edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays!