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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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Vicarious Liability: 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 vicarious liability in regards to when companies can and cannot be held accountable or responsible for the actions of their employees. 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. Who is responsible when a person is assaulted? Is it the individual who committed the assault? Or the company that employed the individual who committed the...

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Guns — Firearms Amnesty

Once again the Canadian Government is changing firearms laws. It's hard to think of any area of federal jurisdiction where we see more dramatic swings in policy and legislation than at the federal level when it comes to firearms. When the Liberals are in power, we see the tightening of firearms laws. The Liberals introduced the wildly unpopular long-gun registry after the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre. When Harper's Conservatives were in power, we saw the abolition of the long-gun registry. The Conservatives also gave the final word in the classification of each type of firearm to Parliament. The Liberals, now back...

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Unreasonable Delay: 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 unreasonable delays in cases that were appealed or received a mistrial causing them to go over the presumptive ceiling for delays set out by the Supreme Court of Canada. 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. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects a person's right to be tried for an offence within...

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Indigenous Adoption: 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 whether Indigenous children should be adopted into a family that best supports his or her Indigenous culture, or into a family that appears could best provide for the child's needs. 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 a child is supposed to be adopted into a family that is in the best interest...

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Métis Rights: 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 who has access to Métis rights in Canada, particularly due to the restrictions of those rights compared to others who identify as aboriginal. 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.     The question of who is “Métis” in Canada is still an undefined issue in law despite this unique culture’s lengthy heritage in the country. In...

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Kyla Lee interviewed about rainbow parking lot on Global News

A parking lot could end up a paradise for a group of LGBTQ students and allies in Merritt, after city council rejected their proposal for a rainbow crosswalk. Students at Merritt Secondary School had planned the crosswalk for the intersection of Chapman Street and Coldwater Avenue, and would have installed it at no cost to the city. ?Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday against the proposal. The crosswalk was rejected, in part, because it could “open kind of a Pandora’s box” for any group that wanted a special crosswalk of their own, said Mayor Neil Menard. Councillors had also expressed concern about the coloured paint...

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