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Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Ninety

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of an extremely unusual criminal response to the coronavirus outbreak. Then, we look at one way to get stung after a DUI crash. Finally, we examine just how far distracted driving can go in a very unusual case.

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

What’s Missing in Federal Government Sexual Assault Training Bill

The Liberal government has recently introduced a bill that would require all federally-appointed judges to undergo training for sexual assault cases. This is a laudable goal, but it is not one that achieves the desired purpose in a well-planned way.

What Bill C-5 purports to do is protect the rights of survivors of sexual assault to have a fair proceeding that is not perpetuated by myths about sexual assault survivors. This stems, most likely, from some high-profile incidents including Judge Robin Camp who asked a complainant in a sexual assault case why she didn’t just keep her knees together,  or the experience of the complainants in the Jian Ghomeshi prosecution. …

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week… and I am coming out

It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week… and I am coming out

Writing this post is one of the hardest things I have done in recent memory. But it’s also one of the most freeing.

I spent almost fifteen years of my life wrestling with anorexia nervosa. This month marks seven years from when I finally entered my journey with recovery.

I was inspired last year by Bowinn Ma and her brave decision to come out as a person who has struggled with an eating disorder. To see someone so successful and whom I admire reveal that she has struggled from the same life-consuming disease. Then, later last year when Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gascon retired early, and became an outspoken advocate for lawyers’ mental health, I knew I had to share my story.

So to begin, I want to thank Bowinn Ma and Justice Gascon for having the courage to come out and share what it’s like to struggle with a mental illness.

Another Distracted Driving Case – This One Leading to a Dangerous Driving Conviction

In a case out of Saanich, British Columbia has seen its first conviction for dangerous driving arising out of a case involving distracted driving.

The driver in the case is alleged to have been speeding, more than twice the speed limit, passing vehicles illegally, and tailgating. In an unusual twist, police also sought a production order to obtain cell phone records for the driver, in order to prove that she was also actively texting while driving.

My Thoughts on the Uber and Surrey

Uber has launched a lawsuit against the City of Surrey to prevent it from issuing bylaw tickets to drivers who are caught operating a ride sharing vehicle without a business license. I have previously written for Vancouver Is Awesome on the interesting legal quandary raised by this decision.

In this blog post, I am going to address some of my thoughts about the Uber lawsuit against Surrey and whether the injunction could be granted. I will also address some of the complaints about the conduct of the bylaw officers amounting to entrapment.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Seven

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we learn about the greatest cannabis legalization hero of our time. Then, we look at what not to do if you miss your flight and how not to have a super privileged freakout at an airport. Finally, we learn from a foolish mistake made by a man with some unlawful content on his computer.

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

Should Carsharing Drivers Submit to Breathalyzers?

A Canadian lawyer is pushing for carsharing companies to add breathalyzers to their cars, following a crash in Vancouver involving a Car2Go vehicle that killed a taxi driver.

According to News 1130, lawyer Kyla Lee of Acumen Law Corporation is arguing that the cost of installation would be covered because the vehicles are used so often, and that you can’t put a price on someone’s life. 

You can read the full article here.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Four

This week, Weird and Wacky Wednesdays brings you all of your favourite standards. First, we look at a Florida woman who committed a really shitty assault. Then, we examine the case of a particularly unique driver who decided to do something to attract police attention. Finally, we look at a woman who has a full-on meltdown in a McDonald’s over dipping sauce.

Follow the jump for some of the best weird and wacky legal stories from around the globe.

How I would write BC’s distracted driving law

There has been a great deal of confusion, yet again, over British Columbia’s distracted driving law. In an effort to make the law more clear, I recently suggested that I would spend my next free weekend writing out a new version of the law for the government.

Since I’m a woman of my word, I did it. I spent a Friday night, writing what I hope is a sensible and comprehensible version of the law.

Follow the jump below to read what I would have written, if I wrote the law. And I fully invite the government to borrow what I have written and amend the legislation accordingly. As you will see, what I have written is undeniably clear and answers questions that have led to confusion for drivers, police officers, and the courts.

Let me know in the comments what you think.

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