Sarah E. Leamon is a feminist, criminal defence lawyer and the chair of the board at PACE Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Sarah E. Leamon currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sarah is a criminal defence lawyer at Acumen Law Corporation. She is also the chair of the board at PACE Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and a regular columnist for The Georgia Straight. In addition to her legal education, Sarah holds Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Women's Studies, as well as a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from UBC.
Last week, legislation was tabled by our government, seeking to end the 94-year prohibition against the drug. But with it came with some unexpected proposal that are likely to be in conflict with our charter rights. These are the ones aimed at curbing impaired driving.
Campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to bolster their own favour and increase their support, while simultaneously criticizing the opposition. Unsavoury advertising has become par for the course during election season. But this year, one advertising campaign has been turning heads for a different reason.
Polls indicate that many Canadians, who would otherwise undergo genetic testing in order to become better informed about their health-care needs, and make positive changes in their lifestyle according to those needs, were dissuaded from undergoing the procedure for fear of repercussions from insurance companies. The concerns associated with being denied coverage, or paying inflated premiums, were enough to stop people from using advancements in genetic testing to their benefit.
On May 27, 2017, the Conservative leadership election will be held. The winner of this election may, one day, become prime minister. At this point, there are 14 candidates vying for party leadership. Among them are two particularly troublesome options: Kellie Leitch and Kevin O'Leary.
The G-Zero world that political scientists like Ian Bremmer have long warned about, is now here. This world, quite simply, lacks any real, defined global leadership. America has lost its international credibility. The economic rise of China, along with the apparent military resurgence of Russia, means that there will be new contenders for international control.
The Supreme Court has ruled that people living with the HIV virus carry a positive legal obligation to disclosure their HIV-positive status, regardless of the circumstance, prior to engaging in sexual relations with a new partner. If they do not, they could be charged with criminal offence -- most commonly of which would be aggravated sexual assault.
Quite simply, the values espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters do not align with the values that are held by the majority of Canadians -- and they certainly do not align with the values that are held by the vast majority of Vancouverites. Bottom line: there is no room for Trump in our city.
After at least one effective marijuana-detecting method has been identified, legislative changes must be made and a scheme will need to be developed. The scheme will need to balance the liberties of citizens with the need for public safety.
Justin Trudeau has enjoyed an extended honeymoon as a political celebrity on the world stage. He ran a campaign that promised so much and appealed to so many. Trudeau won our hearts and our votes, and after an extended period of Conservative rule, we were eager to see the new, fresh changes that his campaign promised. So after one year, it's time to sit down and ask ourselves: has Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered on his promises?
As Canadians, it is fairly easy to separate ourselves from the problem. It is easy to chalk it up as "their problem, not ours" -- and it is tempting, because the problem is complex, disturbing and uncomfortable. But not so fast. We have our own problems when it comes to the systematic discrimination of minorities
Under the Mental Health Act, any person who is involuntarily detained at a facility for mental health reasons lacks the ability to consent, or deny consent, to any medical treatment. In other words, they are deemed to consent to all psychiatric treatment, so long as it is authorized by a director appointed by the health authority. It also denies them the ability to designate and appoint a substitute decision maker on their behalf, such as a spouse or a parent.
There is a violent offender on the loose in Winnipeg -- and police are powerless to do anything about it. This individual has plagued the police and the community for years. He has not faced any consequences for his behaviour. Why? Because he is a 10-year-old boy, and under the law, he is too young to be charged.
The distasteful conduct of a Federal Court Justice will be the subject of a public hearing, set to commence in September. Justice Robin Camp is under fire for comments that he made during a 2014 sexual assault trial, which he presided over during his time as a provincial court judge in Alberta.
The "Socially Responsible Van" tour is, to be blunt, completely and totally irresponsible. The tour capitalizes on and monetizes the misfortune of others. It lumps all residents of the Downtown Eastside into the same dismissive, downtrodden boat of addiction, poverty and illness.