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B.C. Health Minister Wants To Raise Legal Smoking Age

Terry Lake, the British Columbia health minister, is looking to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

Each province and territory in Canada sets the age limits for smoking. In B.C. and five other provinces, the smoking age limit is 19; the rest of the provinces have set the smoking limit at 18. Lake is “an ardent anti-smoker”. He believes that the later someone is able to legally purchase cigarettes, the better the odds that they won’t develop a smoking habit.

What the Opposition Says

Other politicians in British Columbia back Lake’s campaign to raise the legal smoking age. Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan stated “as a reformed smoker, I want to discourage smoking whenever possible. I don’t want to give policy pronouncements on the fly, but if we can reduce smoking in B.C., I encourage that.”

Will Raising the Legal Smoking Age Affect Smoking Rates?

Lake admitted that this campaign is personal to him. “I’ve seen in my family, my mom die, my dad suffer with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” Lake said. “I’ve seen my siblings struggle with addiction to nicotine.” He isn’t running again in the May election, but he “wanted to start the conversation so future governments may consider that.”

He has noted that other jurisdictions have raised the legal smoking age and found it reduced smoking rates among students. Lake has also said that Hawaii and California have raised their legal smoking age to 21 as well. However, he did not provide United States data on smoking rates since the increase was implemented.

In a statement released on Thursday, the ministry said “tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in British Columbia and one of our primary goals is to stop youth from starting to use tobacco products. We have made great progress in reducing tobacco prevalence in the province, and we continue to have the lowest smoking rate in Canada, at approximately 15.3 per cent”.

To learn more about this story, visit the CTV news website.

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Personal Injury Law in BC Just Became A Little Less Complicated

Personal injury law in British Columbia just became a little less complicated, thanks to LexisNexis. They recently added a brand new Personal Injury Module that focuses on British Columbia to their Lexis Practice AdvisorSM Canada.

This Module is the fourteenth added over the past two years, and its purpose is to help personal injury lawyers get more legal research, planning and executing done in less time. That means thorough, step-by-step how-to guidelines, which is expected from all LexisNexis products.B.C. personal injury law is in constant flux, and this new module is the answer to a demand for more practical guidance through this area of law in the province. These guidelines were developed with input from lawyers in Quebec, as well as in-house personal injury lawyers and key players in the B.C. personal injury bar. As is the case with all LexisNexis modules, this one includes notes, checklists, mock documents and charts, in addition to searchable case digests, medical guidance and information from recent personal injury proceedings.

All those involved in B.C’s injury law will definitely find this module useful, from new lawyers to senior counsel. It includes a skills centre that assists with all business operational inquiries, and contributions from a lawyer coach and public relations professional. Every piece of content in this new module was written and edited by leading Canadian lawyers, Whether in-house at LexisNexis, or outsourced from world-class law firms, every contributor has endless amounts of wisdom and experience to impart and does so through this module, among others in the LexisNexis library.

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Polygamy Charge Could Be Thrown Out Against Mormon Man

The leader of fundamentalist Mormon community, Bountiful, in southeastern B.C. has been making headlines while he fights for his alleged right to have several wives. Now, as the case against Winston Blackmore advances, he has asked the court to throw out the polygamy charges against him because he was not given what he calls fair notice.

Blackmore’s lawyer, Joe Arvay, argued in the B.C. Supreme Court, that his client cannot be criminally charged for past acts of polygamy. He is referencing a 2011 case that came to the conclusion that polygamy laws do not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That decision, says Arvay, served as a guidepost for those practicing polygamy in Canada.

Crown lawyer Karen Horsman contested Arvay’s statement by saying that removing those past acts of polygamy would not bode well for the province of B.C. She did say that Blackmore would be given criminal immunity for the polygamous relationships he is still in that began before 2011.

Arvay did tell the court that all of Blackmore’s 25 marriages took place more than a decade prior to 2011, and then he went on to argue that all of the polygamy charges should be dropped because the government allegedly only settled on a prosecutor who gave them the answers they wanted. He called it shopping for a prosecutor.

In 2007, a prosecutor requested more legal clarity in Blackmore’s case, but instead, several other prosecutors were brought in until one recommended legal action in 2009. Arvay made this same argument in that case, and those charges were thrown out.

The one thing that makes this time around different is the fact that new evidence suggests that girls were being brought across the Canadian-U.S. border to populate polygamous communities.

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