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As part of our mission to keep you informed of your legal rights, we have created this blog to cover a wide range of topics and useful information regarding criminal defence. Be sure to check back regularly for our latest entries.

Can I Cross The US Border With A Criminal Record: know your rights in a volatile environment

By |March 24th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Driving Offences, Drug Offences|

Traveling to our neighbors to the south? Wondering if your criminal record will get you turned back? Find out which charges will prevent you from crossing and which shouldn’t be an issue Canadians have been [...]

B.C Drunk Driving At Lowest Rate in a Decade

By |March 10th, 2017|Categories: Blogs|

British Columbia has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation, with penalties ranging from the immediate loss of your license and vehicle to heavy fines and responsible driving classes. The good news [...]

The Canadian Bar Association Finds B.C Courts Lagging Behind

By |March 10th, 2017|Categories: Blogs|

A recent report from the CBA recommends the courts get more funding and staffing We would like to start by saying that the criminal justice system in British Columbia (and across Canada) has done a [...]

Violent Crime Statistics in British Columbia: is it safe to live in BC now?

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Blogs|

Canada is one of the world’s safest, most prosperous, and most developed nations, but like all nations, we continue to struggle with social ills including violent crime. Since we are constantly exposed to crimes of [...]

Drug Overdoses Have Reached an All-time High in B.C.

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blogs|

In November of last year, the CBC wrote an article that highlighted new figures by the BC Coroners Service which point to the astounding number of overdose-related deaths in the province. According to chief coroner, [...]

Dean Michael Wiwchar Loses Appeal over Firearm Possession

By |January 16th, 2017|Categories: Blogs|

In 2015, Dean Michael Wiwchar was sentenced to 10 years in jail for possession of 16 firearms in the spring of 2012. At the time, he was a suspect in the murder of gangster Sandip [...]

An Overview of R.v Anthony-Cook

By |January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blogs|

An article by the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) was written last month to highlight the R.v Anthony-Cook case that took place in 2013 that had its final ruling in November of 2016. The original [...]

Outlining the New Canadian “No Fly” Regime

By |November 4th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

In September, policy director and author Michael Vonn of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) wrote an article about the new policies Bill C-51 has brought in to the Secure Air Travel Act (SATA). [...]

BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Launch Legal Challenge

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

On September 26th, 2016, the BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) challenged the current government to protect the rights of Canadians who are facing revocation of their Canadian citizenship based on allegations of [...]

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) Challenges Health and Human Rights in Prisons

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

We have previously written posts that have cited the far-from-humanitarian practices of prisons in Canada. This includes issues regarding the abuse of solitary confinement, the poor treatment towards the mentally ill, as well as the [...]

Queen V. Oswald Villaroman: Can a person be held accountable for files on their computer?

By |September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

Early last year, Quebec resident Oscar Villaroman challenged his 2013 conviction for possession of child pornography. The Alberta Court of Appeals overturned the conviction as it excluded other possibilities as to how the pornography showed [...]

Stingray Surveillance and its Use by the VPD

By |September 7th, 2016|Categories: Blogs|

Recently, an article was written by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) summing up the ongoing debate of the highly controversial use of Stingrays by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and Canadian Police overall. [...]

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