Spring is here, and bikes are back. And there are new rules of the road that apply to cyclists. Helmets, headphones, using the sidewalk … What’s urban legend and what does the law really say?    1.  I must wear a helmet. Answer   False. The law doesn’t require helmets, but it’s a good idea for safety reasons. Careful! In the city of Sherbrooke, everyone under 18 must wear a helmet.     2.  I can listen to music with headphones when I'... Read more

New changes in the law seek to prevent youth and non-smokers from becoming addicted to nicotine through vaping products.   Protecting youth and non-smokers Since 2015 in Quebec, most of the rules on smoking also apply to vaping, including a ban on selling vaping products to people under 18. Now on-line sales of vaping products to people under 18 are also illegal. Delivery personnel have a duty to check that the buyer is 18 or older. Also banned... Read more

Anyone can be a victim of a crime or see someone committing a crime. What are your responsibilities? Must you always report a crime?   No duty to report in most cases Whether you’re a victim or a witness, you don’t have to call the police. Even if a loved one tells you about a crime, you’re not required to tell the police. But be careful not to become a willing accomplice to the crime! It can be a crime to help someone else commit a crime, for... Read more

May 27 to June 2 is Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, an awareness campaign of Justice Canada.   Various events are being held throughout Quebec this week to inform crime victims and the public about victims’ remedies and the services that exist to help them. To learn about the activities or for more information, go to the Justice Canada website.

The case The judge raised the possibility in a recent case involving a child conceived through assisted human reproduction. The child had two mothers, including the biological mother, and a biological father. Both the adoptive mother and the biological father wanted to be named as a parent on the act of birth in addition to the biological mother. But only two names could be included. Cases involving a child must be decided in the child’s best... Read more

The Quebec Superior Court just allowed a class action to be taken against Samsung Electronics and Samsung Electronics Canada.   Defective washers A request to start a class action against Samsung for manufacturing and selling washers at risk of exploding was made in October 2016. The class action covers anyone who bought any of these top-loading washers in Quebec manufactured between March 1, 2011 and October 31, 2016: WA5471ABP/XAA, WA5451ANW/... Read more

Major changes to the law will affect all users of roads and highways, including drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. The changes take effect at different times.   Principle of caution The changes call for caution towards more vulnerable users of the road. It sets out a hierarchy of users from the largest vehicles (trucks, cars, etc.) to the most vulnerable (cyclists, pedestrians).   Cyclists: no cellphones or headsets Cellphones... Read more

Watch out for fake text messages from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Phishing: sending fake emails or text messages to get your personal information.   Fraud and technology Advances in technology make fraud hard to spot. Phishing is one of the most frequent schemes. For example, you get an email that looks like it comes from your bank saying money was transferred to your account. You’re asked to click on a link. It brings you to a website... Read more