Month: January 2021

Kyla in The Lawyer’s Daily: Perspective, experience necessary conditions for Crown employment

As a criminal lawyer, one of things that I do in my efforts to defend my clients is to find out about them. I use the information about their circumstances to try to provide context to the alleged offence, help the Crown to understand the way in which a criminal conviction may adversely impact my client, and to persuade the Crown that seeking a conviction is not in the public interest.

Read more here.

Kyla on Wind speaker: Indigenous identity fraud law would be ‘a dividing line in the sand,’ says filmmaker

“What happens when someone overtly steals something from you, like your lands, your culture or the identity that’s yours?” asked Tamara Bell on Monday.

The Haida filmmaker launched a campaign on Jan. 18 for Canada to create legislation to stop a longstanding trend: People fraudulently claiming Indigenous identity to gain funding or opportunities.

Kyla Lee, a Métis defence lawyer practicing in Vancouver, told Windspeaker.com that despite a few potential legal red flags with the legislation as proposed, it’s high time for consequences to prevent a rampant and historic problem.

“This is something that’s perhaps long overdue,” Lee said in an interview. “People take advantage of the fact that in Canada we have Indigenous communities that include people who are white-passing, myself as a good example of that.

“There does need to be a way this type of behaviour can be controlled and addressed in more than just the use of ‘cancel culture.’”

Read more here.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 138

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at why it is important to always dress smart and look your best… because you never know what will happen! Then we examine something that is truly bananas. Or it’s not bananas. It’s hard to say. Finally, we look at why you should leave a treat for the babysitter but maybe not go too far with that.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 137

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at a feminist approach to testing the waters of COVID-19 restrictions. Then, we examine the case of a man who provided an unusual but compelling excuse in response to a noise complaint. Finally, we consider the case of an animal cruelty investigation with an unusual twist.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe.

Kyla Lee on Radio NL

A ruling last week from the BC Supreme Court held up that idea saying that having a loose phone in a cup holder while listening to music or a podcast through your car speakers is NOT distracted driving.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 136

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we examine what the long-term outcome is if you fabricate an elaborate hoax about a child abduction. Then, we go back to the basics by providing some lessons in how to make and how not to make friends. Finally, we look at some, um, creative solutions that are being employed in law firms to get around pandemic protocols.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!

An Open Letter to Those Who Say “If You Don’t Want a DUI, Don’t Drink and Drive.”

I know you do not support impaired driving. I know you do not believe that people who are charged with or under investigation for impaired driving offences deserve all the legal support and protection that any other person accused or investigated for any other offence is constitutionally entitled to.

But you’re wrong. And I’d like to ask you to listen, because I want to change your mind.

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