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Child Endangerment and Impaired Driving

Child endangerment in impaired driving cases is already treated seriously

A recent series of tweets from VPD officer Sandra Glendinning has renewed calls for child endangerment laws related to impaired driving in British Columbia. MADD Canada, pointing to provinces like Manitoba and Nova Scotia, says that people who are caught driving while impaired with children in their vehicle should face stiffer penalties.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Sixty-Nine

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, getting busy in the back of a police car

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at an Ontario man who took the term “mobile home” too far. Then we fly over to Florida to hear about a couple who chose a peculiar location to be intimate ­– the back of a police car. Finally, we hear about a police officer who looked the other way during a triple shooting at a party.

More after the jump. …

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Sixty Eight

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of a rooster who successfully defended himself in court. Then we examine what happens when a couple makes off with $120,000 in accidental money. Finally, we consider one of the stupidest and most unfair defences ever to be written into the law.

Follow the jump to learn more!

The Importance of Calibration Checks in Traffic Court

calibration checks of speed measuring devices are crucial

A recent CBC story shed light on a shameful practice in other provinces involving speeding tickets. Apparently, despite the fact that speeding tickets are issued on a regular basis and can have devastating consequences for drivers, some police forces in Canada have done away with the need to perform calibration checks of RADAR devices before court.

But checking RADAR calibration and functioning is fundamental to good practice in issuing speeding tickets. And here’s why.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Sixty Seven

weird and wacky chicken sandwich

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays we look at a case where the British police jumped to a conclusion far too quickly in a so-called major drug bust. Then, we look at an argument over roofing supplies that ended in a six-year-long litigation. Finally, we consider the important area of food law and whether it is wise to sue when a chicken sandwich is sold out.

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

Cannabis Plant Seizure Exposes Absurdity of Cannabis Laws in BC

A recent case out of Revelstoke has exposed some of the ridiculous realities of the cannabis laws in British Columbia.

During an art and garden tour, a police officer in Revelstoke, Constable Ling, observed three cannabis plants growing in the back yard of one of the properties. As a result of these observations, the officer conducted surveillance of the property by hiding in some nearby bushes and seeing if he could see the plants from the street using a telephoto lens.

When he was successfully able to do that, he took steps to identify the homeowners using information from the brochure for the garden tour and ICBC’s database. He then obtained a search warrant, pursuant to powers under BC’s Cannabis Act.

And that’s where the trouble really begins. …

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Sixty Five

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at a case that men… well they may want to avert their eyes. Then, we examine a particularly hilarious case that may result in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Finally, we examine the most heinous crime committed this year in Canada.

Hold on to your hats, folks. This week is a good one! …

Fenton Case an Important Reminder of Why Parole Exists

The family of the RCMP officer, Constable Sarah Beckett, who was killed by an impaired driver is crying out after her killer is being granted day parole. This was a tragic case that caught the attention of the entire province. Mr. Fenton, the driver of the vehicle that struck her police car, was sentenced to four years in prison following her death.

But this case is an important reminder of what the criminal justice system requires in both sentencing and how offenders serve their sentences. And so while the idea that Mr. Fenton may be getting day absences from a correctional facility, the reality is that this is better in the long term for the promotion of a safe and peaceful society in Canada. …

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