July 2021

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 159

It’s completely understandable that so many of us feel the urge to travel at this point of the summer after spending so much time at home over the last 16 months. Still, home is where the heart is, there’s no place like home and there’s nothing like returning to your own bed.

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays we have stories about home. We’ll start with a historic home, then on to a Trumpish home that should never have been and close with intentional damage to a home with a strange connection to yellow.

What constitutes distracted driving?

What exactly constitutes ‘distracted’ has always been a bit complicated. It should be obvious that holding a phone in your hand, whether you are texting, on a phone call, or even changing a song, means you are focusing on something other than the road, and therefore driving distracted. However, based on a new ruling in the BC Court of Appeal that happened yesterday, what constitutes distracted driving may have been clarified a bit, and it appears, it is no longer limited to just a phone in hand.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 158

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays often raises more questions than anything. It’s not my expectation that people come here each Wednesday for answers – I get that. This week is, perhaps, an extreme example. And the questions this week are all about litigation (rather than foolish criminal behaviour). We start with a strange tactical litigation decision concerning an appeal and move on to a lawsuit that you don’t want on your shoes. Finally, we’ll close it off with the story of a lawyer in trouble.

Pitfalls of Self-Representation in Traffic Court

Traffic court is a very confusing and often frightening place for self-represented litigants. Unfortunately, that can sometimes result in people being taken advantage of by police officers who are trained in the law and rules of evidence in traffic court. It can also result in people not knowing when the court is making a legally incorrect ruling.

A recent BC Supreme Court traffic ticket appeal case demonstrates some of the pitfalls of being unrepresented in a system that can feel stacked against you.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 157

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of someone who is taking the “make it Lego” fad a little too far. Like, way too far. Then, we look at what happens when you make the wrong inquiries about using wifi. Lastly, we examine the case of a very explosive toilet visit.

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

Kyla in News 1130: Most fines for defying mandatory mask policy on Metro Vancouver transit unpaid

Over $143,000 in tickets were handed out to people not wearing a mask when it was mandatory on Metro Vancouver transit, but the vast majority of those fines have not been paid.

Transit police data shared with NEWS 1130 shows 626 tickets were issued between November 2020 and the end of June 2021.

Lawyer Kyla Lee says the number of unpaid tickets is not shocking.

“I think that what we’ve seen over the last 10 months that we’ve had masks on transit and in B.C., is we’ve seen the type of people who are opposed to wearing masks on transit are the type of people who are generally defiant to any type of COVID-19, protections including vaccination and other social distancing measures,” she says.

“The fact that they’re not going to participate in the process of paying their tickets when they don’t agree with all of this — that doesn’t surprise me in any way.”

Read the full story here.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 156

We’ve seen a lot of bad driving during the pandemic – something few of us would have predicted, but now that restrictions are loosening up, many are getting ready to take to the skies.

This week we’ll start on the ground with a darn fine freedom of expression driving case and then we’ll look to two stories about people wanting to take to the skies, one funny and one, well… we’ll warn you first because although it’s instructive, it’s also sad.

Follow the jump to read more of this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases.

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