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

By |March 24th, 2017|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 visiting the USA in record numbers recently, with 2010 seeing a record-breaking 24.5 million same-day car trips across the border. [...]

B.C Drunk Driving At Lowest Rate in a Decade

By |March 10th, 2017|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 is that these strict laws and the hard work of advocacy groups seems to be paying off. According to recent [...]

The Canadian Bar Association Finds B.C Courts Lagging Behind

By |March 10th, 2017|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 remarkable job in keeping Canada one of the world’s safest nations in which to live. We commend their work. That [...]

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

By |February 27th, 2017|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 a violent nature via the cases that we litigate, we thought we would do some research into the statistics. Is [...]

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

By |January 23rd, 2017|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, Lisa Lapointe, 128 people died of an illicit drug overdose in November alone, averaging at more than four people a [...]

Dean Michael Wiwchar Loses Appeal over Firearm Possession

By |January 16th, 2017|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 Duhre, who was shot to death in the lobby of the Sheraton Wall Centre. 2 guns were seized from his [...]

An Overview of R.v Anthony-Cook

By |January 3rd, 2017|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 trial judge imposed a harsher penalty than the Crown and defence had initially agreed on for Matthew Anthony-Cook, who pleaded [...]

Outlining the New Canadian “No Fly” Regime

By |November 4th, 2016|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). The “no-fly” list, known as the Passenger Protect Program has changed from an older model where reviewing of these lists [...]

BCCLA and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers Launch Legal Challenge

By |October 13th, 2016|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 misrepresentation. The argument The argument made was that any Canadian in this situation should have a full and fair opportunity [...]

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

By |October 4th, 2016|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 poor treatment of marginalized sectors like indigenous people. This type of treatment in the prison community does nothing to rehabilitate [...]