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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.

What to Do if You Are Charged with Abuse or Family Violence

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Violent Crime|

The Family Violence Initiative has been around since 1988 and counts on 15 departments and government agencies to tackle the overwhelming incidence of family violence. This initiative is marshalled by the Public Health Agency of [...]

When is Assault Defendable?

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Violent Crime|

It is important to understand that Canadian law delineates between three levels of assault:  Common assault, which is the least serious, involves pushing, slapping, punching, and verbal threats (level 1). Assault with a weapon or [...]

What Privacy Rights Do I Have on My Electronic Devices?

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

In the recent past, Canada’s privacy laws offered little personal protection even though the increasing use of smart devices posed a serious threat to citizens. The privacy laws were limited and very old, as many [...]

BCCLA Fights for Expansion of Medically Assisted Dying Law

By |February 28th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

In 2016 Bill C-14 was passed by the Parliament of Canada, which amended the Canadian Criminal Code to legalize both medically assisted dying and assisted suicide laws in Canada.  Formally termed “physician-administered euthanasia” (PAE) and [...]

Supreme Court Finds Prisoner Risk Assessment Tests Biased

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

When an inmate is first placed in the custody of Correctional Service Canada (CSC) a full intake assessment is used to review the information provided by the police and the courts. The assessment also includes [...]

Legal Self-Defence: The Odds Are in Your Favour

By |January 20th, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Other Crimes, Violent Crime|

The definition of self-defence is when a person uses force or a weapon to protect one’s body and one’s property from harm. Contrary to popular belief, the Criminal Code of Canada approves of self-defence and [...]

Can Social Change Help Your Rights as a Canadian Citizen?

By |January 6th, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

The most popular rights’ issues for Canadians in 2018 included a combination of the old and the new, such as abortion, and women in combat. There are always two sides to every issue, and even [...]

Surrey’s Auto Theft Problem Persists

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Property Offences|

If you thought the Vancouver area’s auto theft problem is concentrated downtown, you’re off the mark. Despite heightened public awareness around car safety, the city of Surrey remains the Lower Mainland’s biggest hotspot for auto [...]

B.C. Working on Implementing Ride-Hailing Services

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Driving Offences|

When the NDP government promised ride-hailing services in their 2017 election, they planned to have them available by Christmas of that year. Before they lost power, they managed to have the proposed legislation in place, [...]

Marijuana Legalization Updates

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Drug Offences|Tags: , |

With marijuana legalization to officially come into effect on October 17th, BC is making the preparations necessary. As a Canadian citizen, it’s important to understand the legal consequences you could face if you do not [...]

“Creep Off”: A New Reporting Tool for Harassment in Vancouver

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Sex Crimes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As of June 15th, the nonprofit organization Good Night Out has launched a text-based reporting tool called “Creep Off” to accumulate data about harassing behaviours in Vancouver. It’s a tool to be used in non-emergency [...]

There’s More to Distracted Driving than You May Know

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: Blogs|

People have become so incredibly dependent upon their phones that they have become appendages. The cell phone is almost always on or near our person: in our hands, in our pockets, or in our bags. [...]

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