Section 11(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides people accused of a crime with the right to be tried within a reasonable time.  Most recently, the Supreme Court of Canada has interpreted this in the case of R. v. Jordan 2016 SCC 27 to mean that people charged in Provincial Court should have their matter heard within 18 months and that Superior Courts should hear matters within 30 months.

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If you have been a homeowner for a number of years, you are probably quite familiar with having to pay your property taxes and/or utilities every year. But everyone can benefit from a refresher.

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Earlier this month, Dr. Bonnie Henry said that British Columbia was coming to the “end of our beginning of this pandemic.”  As the number of reported cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have decreased, we British Columbians have begun to look forward to our uncertain future.  To give us an idea of what is in store, the government announced a phased plan for reopening businesses safely.  Many non-essential businesses may start opening after the Victoria Day long weekend, but any businesses that do open their doors must comply with the social distancing measures and other public health orders that have kept us safe.  What this means will not just be industry specific, but specific to your business and your location.

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On March 26th, 2020, the Province of BC declared a health emergency as a result of the Covid -19 virus. As far as the operation of law was concerned, that meant the total closure of courthouses and civil court registries until at least May 29st, 2020, except for emergency matters.

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In most cases, so long as a Canadian Citizen has a valid passport and is traveling to the United States for pleasure, then he or she may visit for a period of up to 180 days without a visa. However, this general rule does not apply at all times. One particular exception that I’d like to discuss in this blog is when a Canadian Citizens has a criminal record. In that case, the he or she will need to go through the process of obtaining advanced permission to enter the United States prior to traveling.

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