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Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Sixty Three

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at two amazing escape cases. One foiled plot to escape prison, that has since ended tragically, and a second successful plot to escape prosecution for a drug possession offence. Finally, we look at an argument that will make you say “Well, that escalated quickly.” …

New cannabis-impaired driving laws applied inconsistently

The decriminalization of recreational cannabis in Canada ushered in new cannabis-impaired driving laws. Although I was, and still am, a vocal critic of these laws, I also want to see them being applied fairly so long as they are in effect. Sadly, almost a year on from legalization, this is not the case. …

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Sixty Two

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, it is all about bodies and potatoes. First, we look at what happened to some poor unsuspecting potatoes in a Wal-Mart. Then, we examine what happens when McDonald’s does not serve their fries piping hot. And finally, we look at a case of what happens when you tell one particular parent what not to do at the doctor’s office. …

Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! Episode 77

This week on Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! we look at the use of out-of-court statements to prove the identity of an accused sexual assailant. The complainant could not identify her assailant in court, but the judge admitted her out of court statements describing his identity as evidence for the truth of the fact that he was the perpetrator. A very interesting and important case, especially in light of the #MeToo era.

 

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode 66

This week on the Driving Law Podcast, I speak with Paul Doroshenko about the Abbott SoToxa’s approval and why it is problematic for Canadians. Then, we talk about a recent tweet from BC MLA Bowinn Ma about crash risks associated with Class 4 drivers as opposed to Class 5 drivers and why this is important for ridesharing in British Columbia. Finally, we look at a recent fine issued to a driver who was charged in the dooring death of a cyclist.

I’m also pleased to announce that the Driving Law podcast is now part of the Cannabis Media Collective!

You can listen online on SoundCloud, PlayerFM, or subscribe on iTunes!

Weird and Wacky Wednesday: Volume Sixty

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at how one man put in motion the most absurd drug smuggling plan that has yet to feature itself on this blog series. Then, we look at how one individual attempted to screw over his ex-wife with a retirement benefit claim. And finally, we revisit Florida where one man taught his child how to swim in a very unconventional swimming lesson.

Follow the jump and learn more about the weirdest and wackiest legal stories from around the world! …

Can You Fail A Breathalyzer with Hand Sanitizer?

There are many ordinary substances that can cause a person who has consumed very little or no alcohol at all to fail a breathalyzer test. In this video series, Paul Doroshekno and I head into the Acumen Labs to test out theories given to us from the public, from clients, and from our colleagues about what can make a person fail a roadside breathalyzer test.

This week, Paul and I look at the question of whether hand sanitizer can cause a false positive reading on a breathalyzer. And while the answer is obvious if you actually drink hand sanitizer, the experiment we conduct is somewhat more nuanced. In our experiment, we take hand sanitizer and rub it into our hands, then simply touch our faces.

Watch the video to find out if only touching your face with hand sanitizer can cause a falsely high reading on a breathalyzer.

Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t: Episode 76

Should the Catholic Church have to foot the bill for claims it paid out to residential school survivors? What if they had an insurance company that was willing to cover them for it, but only if the claimants went through the long insurance process? In my opinion, it was more fair for the Catholic Church to pay out the claims and for the insurance company to reimburse them than for the Catholic Church to drag people through a protracted process that would only lengthen their suffering.

The Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear this case. Watch the video to learn more.

Driving Law with Kyla Lee: Episode 65


This week on the Driving Law Podcast, I speak with Ben Dooley from CKNW Radio about whether you can get an impaired driving charge in a wheelchair. As a wheelchair user, Ben provides his input on a court judgment in which a man was convicted for impaired driving while in a motorized wheelchair. Then, he provides some suggestions for how the law can change to guard against discrimination against people who use wheelchairs.

Paul Doroshenko about the issue of charging people with criminal offences and Motor Vehicle Act offences on the same information in court. This can frustrate the process and may invalidate the informations… Paul and I explain why.

I’m also pleased to announce that the Driving Law podcast is now part of the Cannabis Media Collective!

You can listen online on SoundCloud, PlayerFM, or subscribe on iTunes!

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