Month: January 2019

Government, Railroading, and Innocent People Punished by Bad Law

Since the introduction of the random breath testing provisions, an old article has been making the rounds once again. It’s an important story, because it gets at the very heart of what the problems are with random breath testing and how it can railroad otherwise good people.

Many people are sympathetic to the story of Margaret MacDonald, a woman in her eighties who was given a roadside prohibition, while completely sober, after she was alleged to have refused a breathalyzer test. However, Ms. MacDonald did not refuse; due to her age, the cold weather, and the rough treatment by the police in that case, she was incapable of blowing properly.

What many do not know, however, is the rest of the story. And the rest of the story is just as important.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Thirty Two

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we explore the depths of human frustration. First, we see how an overly competitive workplace can drive some to do terrible misdeeds. Then, we look at how really bad parking can also trigger murderous rage. Finally, to lighten things up, we look at the case of a strange arrest for public intoxication and what the fallout of that is for the public in West Virginia.

All this and more below the jump!

Book Review: Impaired Driving and Other Criminal Code Driving Offences: A Practitioner’s Handbook by Karen Jokinen and Peter Keen.

After Bill C-46 was introduced, impaired driving practitioners across the country had a lot of questions. And while we all conferred amongst ourselves (and through the Canadian Impaired Driving Lawyers Association) about what was going to come of these changes to the impaired driving regime, two enterprising lawyers set out to write a book about it.
 
I was very kindly asked to review the book, and post my thoughts on my blog. So without further ado, here is my review of Impaired Driving and Other Criminal Code Driving Offences: A Practitioner’s Handbook by Karen Jokinen and Peter Keen.

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