Wrongful conviction for double murder overturned, new family court rules, and medical assistance in dying

  This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: In 1983 Tomas Yebes was convicted by a Vancouver jury of murdering his two adopted sons, ages 6 and 7. The conviction was upheld by the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Now, at the age of 77, after having spent a […]

Racetrack zoning, join submissions and vexatious litigants

  This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: The Municipality of North Cowichan’s decision to refuse approval for the expansion of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit is found to be unreasonable following a judicial review. At issue was whether a racetrack is a permitted use pursuant to the zoning that is in place. The […]

Protection against cruel punishment not for corporations, no annulment after wedding day separation and ICBC stores 518 acid damages cars

  This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: For some legal purposes, corporations are treated like people: they can enter into contracts, own property, engage in litigation, and be charged with committing offences. Some constitutional protections also apply to corporations: the right to be free from “unreasonable search and seizure” and the right to […]

Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm sentencing, a separation agreement with life insurance and Aeroplan points, and a COVID-19 limitation period case

This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: Sentencing considerations for dangerous driving causing bodily harm: why do we sentence someone who drives dangerously and has an accident that causes serious bodily harm differently from someone who drives in the same way but is lucky and does not cause an accident? The Criminal Code sets […]

Vote counting controversy resolved in court, an acquittal on an attempted murder charge, and alleging perjury results in special costs

  This week on legally speaking with Michael Mulligan: While attempting to count ballots for the election of a board of directors for the Shon Yee Benevolent Association things went sideways when water spilled on a table during the vote count. Once this was cleaned up it was unclear whether a disputed ballot had been […]

ICBC no fault insurance and the Civil Resolution Tribunal

  The mandatory ICBC no-fault insurance system that has been proposed for British Columbia is intended to save money by no longer spending time determining who was at fault in an accident. Someone who caused an accident would receive the same benefits as the person they crashed into. Disputes would, however, still arise with respect […]

Election Act voting requirements for mail in ballots, and third party advertising rules

Because the British Columbia provincial election was called suddenly none of the political parties have candidates nominated in all ridings. As a result of COVID-19, many people have also requested mail-in ballots. Without candidates having been determined yet, the mail-in ballots being distributed simply have a blank space to write in the name of the […]

The Lascelles Principles – when a Premier or PM can’t demand an election, an annulment for impotence and a false claim to inherit a house

  The premier of a province doesn’t actually have the authority to call an election. Authority to dissolve the legislature and call an election resides with the Lieutenant Governor. Ordinarily, the Lieutenant Governor would call an election at the request of the premier. In unusual circumstances, such as those that currently exist in British Columbia, […]

COVID-19 school disputes, parenting coordinators, reports from trial judges for appeals, management fees and interest

  This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: As schools attempt to reopen for in-person instruction, amidst increasing COVID-19 infection rates, disputes between separated parents over sending children back to school have started showing up in court. Disputes of this kind are analyzed based on the best interest of the child. In a recent […]

An illegal Airbnb contract not enforceable in court, a class action for a data breach, and the BC legislature irrationally changes the pay of judges

  This week on Legally Speaking with Michael Mulligan: A claim for an alleged breach of contract to rent a property so as to permit it to be used as an Airbnb is denied on the basis that the short-term rentals are not lawfully permitted. Contracts involving illegal activity are not enforceable in court. You […]