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. …

BC Court Rules Having Phone on Lap not Against the Law

having phone on lap is not distracted driving

In a recent decision from traffic court, the BC Provincial Court has provided further clarity to the seemingly-endless grey area that is the distracted driving laws in British Columbia.

In this case, Ms. Wylie was seen driving with her phone plugged and sitting on her lap. The screen was not illuminated and she was not touching the device. The officer who ticketed her argued that simply having a phone resting on or near her lap was using it. Ms. Wylie testified that the phone was next to her leg and was charging.

You can find the judgment here.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Nine

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we travel the globe for some truly strange legal stories.

First, we look at a case out of Congo with some very unusual allegations of criminal activity. Then, we find out how some people are revolting against the use of photo radar in Toronto. And finally, we land in Florida where we look at a Florida man, er, lawyer who appears to think that he is above the rules that apply to trust accounting.  

Follow the jump and read more about this week’s weirdest legal cases. 

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. …

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty-Eight

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at three cases of stupidity. First, the stupidest place to hide your drugs when you’re driving. Then, the stupidest way to achieve instant internet fame. Finally, the stupidest way to end a relationship.

If you want to learn more about how to do any of these things the completely wrong way, follow the jump and check out this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe. …

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.

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