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Kyla on CTV News: Teachers, first responders pleased with B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans while others feel left behind

After hearing the news that essential workers would be prioritized in the next phase of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, many in the selected industries said they were pleased with the plan, while others expressed they felt left behind.

On Thursday, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced employees like first responders, educational staff, postal workers, grocery store workers and bylaw officers will be next in line to receive an AstraZeneca shot. Appointments for those doses are expected to begin in April.

Kyla Lee, a criminal lawyer in Vancouver, said she was disappointed that court staff, defence counsel and Crown counsel weren’t included in the most recent priority list either.

“Our professions have put us at risk for months,” Lee wrote on Twitter. “Court proceedings are integral to our democracy and cannot all be done remotely or with distancing.”

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Kyla Lee in The Standard: Meng Wanzhou, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig: Here’s how we got here and what’s likely to happen next

The fate of two Canadian men facing trial in China is now, for all intents and purposes, up to U.S. President Joe Biden to decide, experts say.

China’s announcement this week that it will have snap trials for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, imprisoned since December 2018, is a political move to pressure Washington to withdraw its extradition request for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Kyla Lee, a defence lawyer practicing in Vancouver, told the Star that even if these arguments prove unsuccessful, the process could still take years.

With Meng’s resources, she can easily afford to appeal the decisions and fight this all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The abuse of process angle is an important one. In my experience, the training and implementation of Charter rights by border officials is not up to the standard that it should be, and this case because of its profile could inform massive changes in that procedure,” Lee said.

“That being said, the standard to prove that (Meng’s treatment) amounted to an abuse of process is very high. The defence will essentially have to show that this was deliberate conduct, and not simply some ignorance of Charter obligations by the police.”

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Kyla in The Lawyer’s Daily: Perspective, experience necessary conditions for Crown employment

As a criminal lawyer, one of things that I do in my efforts to defend my clients is to find out about them. I use the information about their circumstances to try to provide context to the alleged offence, help the Crown to understand the way in which a criminal conviction may adversely impact my client, and to persuade the Crown that seeking a conviction is not in the public interest.

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Kyla on Wind speaker: Indigenous identity fraud law would be ‘a dividing line in the sand,’ says filmmaker

“What happens when someone overtly steals something from you, like your lands, your culture or the identity that’s yours?” asked Tamara Bell on Monday.

The Haida filmmaker launched a campaign on Jan. 18 for Canada to create legislation to stop a longstanding trend: People fraudulently claiming Indigenous identity to gain funding or opportunities.

Kyla Lee, a Métis defence lawyer practicing in Vancouver, told Windspeaker.com that despite a few potential legal red flags with the legislation as proposed, it’s high time for consequences to prevent a rampant and historic problem.

“This is something that’s perhaps long overdue,” Lee said in an interview. “People take advantage of the fact that in Canada we have Indigenous communities that include people who are white-passing, myself as a good example of that.

“There does need to be a way this type of behaviour can be controlled and addressed in more than just the use of ‘cancel culture.’”

Read more here.

Kyla Lee on Radio NL

Acumen Law’s Kyla Lee discusses the potential ban on inter-provincial travel and whether BC could implement it or does it violate charter rights?

Kyla Lee on Radio NL

A ruling last week from the BC Supreme Court held up that idea saying that having a loose phone in a cup holder while listening to music or a podcast through your car speakers is NOT distracted driving.

Identity of drivers using phones at fatal crash scene could be issue in court challenges, lawyers say

Proving the identities of people who used cellphones to take photos and videos while driving by the scene of a fatal collision in Saskatoon could be a challenge if the tickets mailed to the vehicles’ owners are contested in court, say two criminal defence lawyers.

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