Children allowed to ride the bus alone, an aboriginal man sentenced to 12 months for marijuana and an ICBC COVID-19 backlog

  This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: The British Columbia Court of Appeal finds that the Director of Child, Family and Community Services acted unreasonably, and without authority, in telling a single father that children under 10 years of age could not ride the public bus without supervision. The children that were riding […]

BC overdose deaths more than double COVID-19 deaths since March, new legislation to detain youth for stabilization, to permit electronic wills and for no fault ICBC insurance

  This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: From March to May 2020, the number of people who have died as a result of drug overdoses in British Columbia has been more than double the number of people who have died from COVID-19: 401 vs 164. January COVID-19 deaths: 0  Overdose deaths: 77 February […]

Court of Appeal is now back thanks to Zoom and instilling fear of COVID-19 from other parent not in best interests of a child

  The BC Court of Appeal will be back operating at full capacity thanks to Zoom. After several weeks of dealing only with urgent matters, the BC Court of Appeal has announced that all oral hearings will proceed using Zoom. All material will be filed electronically. A desire to have an oral argument in person, […]

Child custody for front line medical workers and other urgent COVID-19 family law issues

  Should custody arrangements be modified where one parent is a nurse working with patients who may be infected with COVID-19? In child custody cases, the core principle is always what’s in the best interest of the child. A recent BC court decision set out factors to be considered when assessing a child’s best interest […]

Rent Distress Act needs a COVID-19 update, BC Court explains why only urgent cases, and releasing people from jail

  The Rent Distress Act governs the seizure of property by commercial landlords for the non-payment of rent. Its provisions are utilized in cases, including a recent court decision concerning the seizure and sale of a pizza oven, by a landlord in Tofino. Unfortunately, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the act is hopelessly […]

Judge urges delay in driving prohibition for single mother due to COVID-19 and Quebec police stopping cars from Ontario

  A single mother, who lives in a rural area 20 minutes from the nearest grocery store and pharmacy, was prohibited from driving by the BC Superintendent of Motor Vehicles as a result of two distracted driving tickets she received last year. On an appeal to the BC Supreme Court, a judge agreed with the […]

Bill C-13 – The Federal COVID-19 legislation as well as a dangerous congregation of homeless people in Victoria

  Bill C-13: a federal act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19, has now received royal assent. Several elements of this legislation are discussed on the show. Bill C-13 created the Emergency Response Benefits Act. This act will provide a monthly payment of $2,000 to people out of work. One important element of the […]

BC courts respond to COVID-19 and emergency measures legislation both federal and provincial

  Both the BC Provincial Court, and BC Supreme Court have adjourned all, but the most urgent cases, scheduled from now until early May. Urgent cases, that will proceed, include in-custody bail hearing, in custody criminal trial, and urgent cases including child protection, house evictions, refusal of treatment and end of life matters, orders under […]

No sick leave required by BC legislation, liability limited for a home inspection, and no municipal liability for a slip and fall on ice

  BC is the only province in Canada where employers are not required to provide any sick leave. While various other forms of leave are required by the Employment Standards Act, including unpaid leave to care for seriously ill or injured family members, sick leave is not required. Various other recent amendments to the Employment […]