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Competing Statutes: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

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Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses competing statutes and conflicting tribunals. Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada. As the law expands to include more administrative tribunals, we run into the situation where the administrative work done by one tribunal conflicts with the administrative work done by another tribunal. In the case of Alex Gilmor who had a property dispute and...

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Sarah Leamon in The Georgia Straight on the Canadian ban of paying for surrogacy

A Liberal MP is trying to change Canada’s surrogacy laws and expand reproductive rights for Canadians. Anthony Housefather has announced his plans to introduce a private member's bill, which would repeal the current legal prohibitions against paying for a surrogate. Current laws are surrogacy in Canada are vague...

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Sacha Roudette on Roundhouse Radio about Former CTV Reporter Paul Bliss

What happens when #MeToo goes to court? Sacha Roudette, Barrister and Solicitor with Acumen Law Corporation, chats with Gene about former CTV Reporter Paul Bliss's Case. Roundhouse Radio: What's going to happen in this law suit? Who has to prove what? How is going to be proven if in fact this does go to a court case, set the stage for us. Sacha Roudette: There's going to have to be evidence tendered, there's going to be examination of that evidence, there's going to be credibility assessments that go on on both sides, and the court will have to make a decision based...

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Defamatory libel: Canadians’ freedom of speech is under attack by a law older than Canada

Last week, an opinion piece in The Globe and Mail highlighted a worrying issue that threatens to undermine every Canadian’s freedom of expression. In the article, professor David Pritchard and assistant professor Lisa Taylor argue a little-known law known as defamatory libel is being used to treat libel as a criminal offence. Defamation is traditionally dealt with under civil proceedings but research they intend to publish apparently shows it has been used in 400 completed criminal prosecutions between 2000 and 2016. What is defamatory libel? The name itself is confusing. After all, defamation can be broken down into two categories: libel when...

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The Law of Causation: Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

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Welcome to Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t! This week, lawyer Kyla Lee discusses the law of causation when it comes to damages that occurred due to negligence. Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Kyla Lee gives her take on a made-in-Canada court case each week, and discusses why these cases should have been heard by Canada’s highest court: the Supreme Court of Canada. If property damages occurred, and the reason for the damages is quite obvious once prior negligence had been discovered, is that sufficient to determine the fault? In law there is a concept called causation,...

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Sarah Leamon on CBC News: Women’s Association of Criminal Lawyers

A criminal defence lawyer based in Richmond, B.C., has created a support group for female lawyers in reaction to what she claims is rising discrimination in the field. Sarah Leamon says she created the Women's Association of Criminal Lawyers to give women in criminal law a space to address and share their concerns. Leamon, who has been in the field of criminal law for the past seven years, says she has experienced numerous forms of discrimination in and outside the courthouse. She said while the number of men and women going to school to become criminal lawyers is roughly equal, she's noticed an alarming rate of women leaving the field...

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Can Workplaces Drug Test Employees After Weed’s Legal?

Sarah Leamon writing for the Huffington Post

As the government's self-imposed deadline for marijuana legalization approaches, politicians and legislators have been working around the clock to tie up any loose ends that could potentially cause problems once the product legally hits the streets. So far, they have tackled complex issues around marijuana and driving, as well as setting age limits and guidelines around the manufacture and purchase of the product. But there is still a lot to do, and perhaps some of the biggest outstanding questions have to do with employment. Read Sarah's blog for the Huffington Post in full, here. ...

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Sarah Leamon on Calgary Today with Angela Kokott

Sarah Leamon on Calgary Today with Angela Kokott

Can workplaces drug test employees after cannabis is legal? Sarah E. Leamon, criminal defence lawyer and the chair of the board at PACE Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, starts the conversation. Angela Kokott posed the question: "Do we have to come up with new laws or do we just work within the existing framework." "That is the million dollar question right now," Ms Leamon replied. "One thing is clear, this issue is not going to be addressed at a federal level prior to the legalisation of cannabis in this country so it is going to be something that is going to be left up...

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Sarah Leamon: Bill C-75 offers mixed bag of reforms but fails to address a key factor behind delays in justice system

Sarah Leamon in The Georgia Straight

Last week, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced a massive, 300-page bill, aimed at rehauling our criminal justice system.   While many aspects of Bill C-75 are intended to curb courtroom delay, others are focused on ending intimate partner violence and diversifying juries. But will this legislation be effective in achieving its objectives? Some critics are doubtful…but while the bill is far from perfect, there are some positives aspects. To read Sarah's commentary for The Georgia Straight, click here....

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Sarah Leamon media appearance on CBC’s Power and Politics

Sarah Leamon on Power and Politics

Criminal defence lawyer Sarah Leamon appeared on CBC's Power and Politics. She was a guest on the television program to debate the government's plans to legalize marijuana. Ms Leamon spoke about Bill C-46, the planned legislation that targets drug-impaired drivers. "The fact is," Ms Leamon said. "Since 1980, impaired driving in Canada has been on a steady decrease so there is no reason for us to believe that legislation on marijuana is going to create a situation where we are suddenly going to see an increase in drug-impaired drivers on our roadways." See the full video on CBC's website here....

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