Alberta Gives Police More Power

New Police Powers to Seize Vehicles and Impose Fines: Changes to Alberta’s Drinking and Driving Laws

This June a new law was introduced in the Provincial Legislature, called the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act.  It was passed in July and it makes a number of changes to drinking and driving laws, giving additional powers to police. Continue Reading

I have been Arrested – What are my Rights?

Police in Canada have broad powers to arrest individuals whom they encounter.  An arrest is a powerful tool that has serious legal implications for the arrested person.  Importantly, an arrested person is not free to leave police custody and can no longer freely go about their business.  Attempting to escape a lawful arrest can result in criminal charges, not to mention an unpleasant encounter with police.  Continue Reading