Month: October 2018

Estate 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, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses estate 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.

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode 26

On this week’s episode of Driving Law, I speak with Roy Ho of Acumen Law Corporation about the new $50 fee for unlisted drivers in ICBC insurance rates. We talk about whether that will lead to an increase in impaired driving by discouraging designated drivers. But before that, Paul Doroshenko and I talk about the speed limit increases on BC Highways and a supposed increase in deaths and injuries. But that may not be the case…. Then, we talk about the charges laid against the Humboldt trucking company involved in the bus crash disaster, and whether that might have a bearing on the case against the truck driver.

This is a jam-packed episode, so be sure to tune in on SoundCloud, subscribe on iTunes, or find us on PlayerFM.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Twenty

This week’s edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays focuses on one thing in particular. As we inch closer to cannabis legalization, I thought I would break down three very weird, very wacky cases involving cannabis and the law. Because you can’t get much better than a super high person doing something super funny… except when they do it in Florida, of course.

So, in honour of cannabis legalization, read on and find out more about crazy cannabis crimes!

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode 25

Oh boy. This week’s episode of the Driving Law Podcast is a must-listen if you’re at all concerned about cannabis impaired driving. I speak with Ron Moore, a forensic toxicologist and lawyer, who has unique expertise in cannabis impairment and driving. Ron has also helpfully provided a bibliography with the studies he relied on in making his comments, and you can find that bibliography if you click “Read More” below.

You can catch Driving Law on SoundCloud, subscribe on iTunes, or listen on PlayerFM.

The Twelve Weeks of DRE-Mas: Check for Injection Sites and Third Pulse

If you were following along with this series from last week, you know that this step in Canada is combined with the check for muscle tone. However, the official twelve steps of the program have separated this step from the check for muscle tone.

In some ways, as I will describe below, this is one of the more troubling aspects of the DRE examination.

New Zealand Court Rules that Long Sentences Do Not Deter Crime

There is a tendency to believe that longer sentences deter individuals from offending, and re-offending. However, evidence proves that the recidivism rate of individuals given longer sentences is not significantly decreased due to their long sentence. This was recently borne out in New Zealand, where a brave judge finally called out the Crown on their reliance on the need for a long sentence to deter others.

In the case, Justice Matthew Palmer of the New Zealand court was faced with a difficult sentencing task: choosing whether to give a person a long jail term for a serious offence or not. Obviously that task is going to weigh heavily on the mind of any judge. This case was complicated by the fact that the judge was required to sentence two siblings for their role as couriers in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.

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