October 2023

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 267

Life often imitates art, but when it comes to the events of the past week, it seems our modern-day tales are giving the beloved comedy “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” a run for its money. First, we witnessed a train filled with European parliament members who ended up in the ‘most magical place on earth’ on their way to work. Meanwhile, in the sky, a flight bound for sunny Florida made a sudden return to Panama City for an “explosive blowout”. And finally, in the realm of automobiles, we hear of an ambitious Indiana woman who took a test drive in a new car from the dealership to her potential place of employment for the job interview. Hold onto your tickets, seatbelts, and steering wheels; we’re in for quite a ride!

Trains

On a journey intended for serious parliamentary affairs, members of the European parliament and their teams experienced an unexpected touch of enchantment. Departing from Brussels, Belgium, destined for Strasbourg, their train took an unplanned detour due to a signaling error. To their surprise, they found themselves amidst the whimsical ambiance of Disneyland Paris.

While some officials took the opportunity to jest about the unexpected visit, with references to Disney slogans and playful banter about being a “Mickey Mouse parliament”, the reality was that they were caught between the Art of Marvel and Main Street USA. France’s national railway company, SNCF Networks, explained that the detour was a result of a signalling error at the Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle TGV station.

Despite the unexpected magic-filled twist, the train was delayed by a mere 45 minutes and successfully reached its intended destination in Strasbourg. One can only wonder, was this a simple error, or the universe’s way of sprinkling a bit of fairy dust on an otherwise routine trip?

Planes

In an era where security concerns reign supreme, even the most mundane items can trigger a massive response. Case in point: A flight bound for Tampa, Florida, from Panama City was sent into a security frenzy after an adult diaper was mistakenly identified as a potential bomb. Just an hour into their journey, passengers aboard the Copa Airlines flight faced unexpected turbulence – not from the skies, but due to the discovery of this “suspicious” item in one of the airplane’s lavatories. T

he aircraft was promptly diverted back to its origin, Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, where it was stationed on an isolated tarmac. The 144 passengers aboard were evacuated as an anti-explosives team swung into action.

However, the climax of this high-stakes drama turned out to be rather anticlimactic. After rigorous inspection, the so-called bomb was revealed to be nothing more than an adult diaper. This innocuous discovery led the National Police of Panama to comment about the mix-up on social media, confirming the diaper’s identity. Jose Castro, the leader of the airport’s security team, also commented on the incident, ensuring there was no risk to the passengers. After the lengthy delay, the flight resumed its journey, touching down in Tampa later in the evening. A timely reminder that sometimes, things are just not as they appear.

And Automobiles

In an unconventional approach to transportation, Kasia Shelton of Muncie, Indiana, allegedly swiped a 2013 Kia Optima from a local dealership to attend a job interview in Indianapolis—presumably at a strip club. In a surprising turn of events, after her appointment, she returned the car, parking it nearby the dealership. However, leaving the keys in the ignition led to another individual making off with the vehicle. The car was later found between Muncie and Indianapolis. Authorities linked Shelton to the initial theft through an online form she had filled out on the dealership’s website. When confronted, she was puzzled by the arrest, believing that returning the vehicle absolved her of wrongdoing. The story takes another twist with Shelton acknowledging she saw the car later on someone’s Snapchat. She now faces charges for auto theft and identity deception, potentially leading to jail time. Whether she secured the job remains a mystery.

That’s all for this week. Just like the famous movie, these stories all had surprise arcs and I hope provided you with a few laughs. No matter how you choose to get around, you can never be too sure what kind of twists and turns await you on your travels.

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Kyla Lee on The Mike Smyth Show: Merritt ER closures, Making the case for Pharmacare, & Finding parking in Vancouver!

More and more Vancouver residents are struggling to find parking.

“…If you were to leave debris or something like an overturned bucket or a pylon on the roadway to try to reserve your spot, in theory you could be prosecuted, you could get a ticket for littering… so don’t do that because you could be exposed to liability…

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Pre-trial Custody Credit: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses Pre-trial Custody Credit… 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.

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Kyla Lee on Radio NL News with Jeff and Bill: Person using 10 names pretending to be B.C. nurse, college warns

“…the idea that somebody would be pretending to be a nurse and potentially putting a patient at risk is a terrifying thought… Impersonating a healthcare professional can lead to a number of charges, most significantly fraud. But if somebody was to get grossly injured or die as a result, then they could also face consequences and charges for criminal negligence.”

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Driving Law Podcast Episode 311: Paul’s Proposal and the Surrey Police Story Continues

On this episode, Kyla and Paul talk about his suggestions to the Minister of Justice and AG of Canada to make a provision to help investigate collisions with heavy vehicles. They also go over the continuing drama of the Surrey RCMP transition.

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Kyla Lee on CBC’s On The Coast with Gloria Macarenko: Soapbox Social: Vancouver housing plan and NHL Pride tape

Kyla Lee, a Vancouver criminal lawyer for Acumen Law Corporation, and Mo Amir, host of the podcast This is VANCOLOUR, weigh in on the rollout of Vancouver’s housing plan, the NHL’s ban on Pride stick tape, and guess what each other likes to watch when they’re sick.

“I don’t see anything bold, or new. I don’t see anything that I’m excited about. I just see the same old stuff and a bunch of promises to promise… On one hand we absolutely want density around transportation hubs… But I also wonder what happens around those sky train stations to the small businesses? Their rents are going to go up significantly from where they are, and we’re going to push a lot of the character out of the city. I wish that the plan had a mechanism to protect all that character while still creating density where density needs to be created.”

Listen here.

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Kyla Lee in APTN News: People accused of killing Indigenous women less likely to be charged with first-degree murder: study

Statistics Canada released a report highlighting the differences in treatment of homicide cases where Indigenous women and girls were the victims. The data in the report covered 2009 to 2021 showed that first-degree murder charges, the most severe homicide charge, were only applied to 27% of the cases when the victim was an Indigenous female compared to 55% when they were non-Indigenous females.

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Kyla Lee on Radio NL News Mornings with Jeff & Bill: Social worker who stole from Indigenous kids granted day parole

“I’m not surprised at the decision. It is disappointing in particular in this case because of who the victims involved were – vulnerable Indigenous youths… When Indigenous people are the victims of crime, the sentences tend to be a lot lower than they would be and the amount of time somebody spends in incarceration tends to be a lot shorter than it would be if the victim were not Indigenous.”

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Driving Law Podcast Episode 310: Gathering ALL the evidence and Racing L Drivers

On this long weekend episode, Kyla and Paul look at R.v.Schmidt and discuss the need for ALL evidence to be treated the same. They also look at the L driver’s mindset and the most recent excessive speeding in North Vancouver.

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