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Alberta Administrative Licences Suspension (AALS) How it Works

May 14th, 2020|

Your Alberta Administrative Licences Suspension (AALS) – How it Works If you were arrested and charged with impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit, or refusal to provide a breath sample, you were likely served with a document called “Notice of Suspension/Disqualification.” This document is given to you to inform you that, unfortunately, you are suspended from driving in Alberta. This suspension is called the Alberta Administrative License Suspension, or AALS. The AALS suspension lasts for a total of 15 months, and is divided [...]

COVID 19 and the Courts

March 19th, 2020|

We have clients from all over the country. Each province and territory has been scrambling to try to find ways to meaningfully respond to the COVID19 pandemic that is effectively shutting down the country. The responses of each jurisdiction, and each level of court within that jurisdiction, have been similar but differ in details. In general, the courts have shut down non-essential services and are trying to put into place measures to keep both court staff and the community at large safe. Below is a summary of what we [...]

COVID 19 and Family Law Files

March 19th, 2020|

COVID19 has resulted in a shutdown of the courts with the exception of "essential functions". Family law cases such as divorces and separations, support and maintenance, and parenting time and decision making are now adjourned for months. But here at Gunn Law Group, we may be able to resolve your issues even before your next date arises. Our family lawyers are trained mediators who believe in the power of alternative dispute resolution. We get more done out of court (faster and less expensively) than you could do in court. [...]

FAMILY PROPERTY ACT BRINGS SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR BOTH UNMARRIED AND MARRIED COUPLES

January 14th, 2020|

Alberta has long been one of the few Canadian provinces which treat unmarried couples differently than married couples when it comes to the division of property upon the end of the relationship. As of January 1, 2020, that is no longer the case. On January 1, 2020, Alberta’s Matrimonial Property Act (“MPA”), which applied only to married couples, was renamed the Family Property Act (“FPA”) and, along with that name change came the inclusion within the FPA of “adult interdependent partners”, as well as significant modifications to the law [...]

Alberta Impaired Driving Law Changes of December 18, 2018

December 30th, 2019|

The changes the federal government made on December 18, 2018 are arguably the most radical changes since 1969, when breath-testing for alcohol on a large scale became possible and the offence of “over 80” made its debut in the Criminal Code. For the first time, police can require a motorist, under pain of prosecution, to provide a sample of breath into a screening device without having any reason to believe the person is under the influence of alcohol or even suspect the person has consumed alcohol. The request can [...]

Language Rights in Alberta

December 20th, 2019|

I was sitting in court on Friday, waiting for the Court of Queen's Bench Appearance Court to start when the presiding justice, Chief Justice Moreau, played a recording for everyone. The recording outlined, in French and English, how everyone has the right to have their trials conducted in either of the official languages. This was new! Some people in court appeared surprised but this is just the latest positive change we are seeing for language rights in Alberta. In an 18 page decision, R v Vaillancourt (written in French [...]

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