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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 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.’”

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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.

Kyla Lee on Chek News

When retired RCMP traffic officer Dave Hay hits the roads of Vancouver Island, there’s not a stretch from Port Hardy to the Malahat that doesn’t bring back a memory of a crash he’s responded to.

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