Sarah E. Leamon
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.

Entries by Sarah E. Leamon

Liberals' Marijuana Bill Aims To Erode Our Charter Rights

(64) Comments | Posted April 18, 2017 | 9:41 AM

It appears that the Liberals are coming through on one of their campaign promises, which was the legalization of marijuana.

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 proposals that are likely to...

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B.C. Taxpayers' Money Shouldn't Be Spent On Partisan Ads

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 4:37 PM

It is no secret that political advertising during an election campaign can be brutal, distasteful and shocking.

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.

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Genetic Non-Discrimination Act Vote Is Government In Action

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2017 | 12:03 PM

Parliament recently passed a bill that will bar health and life insurance companies from forcing clients to disclose results of any genetic testing procedures that they have undergone.

It may surprise you to learn that prior to this happening, Canada was the only G7 country without any...

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Conservative Party Membership: $15. Choosing Its Leader? Priceless

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 3:58 PM

Are you, like most Canadians, shocked and horrified by the current political climate of the United States?

Are recent events, such as the Muslim ban, the reinstatement of global gag-rule, and the firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, keeping you up at night?

Are you finding cold...

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The G-Zero World Is Here

(13) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 2:20 PM

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, America, the often self-proclaimed greatest democracy on Earth, is no longer a "full democracy."

The EIU was established in 1946 and reaches over two hundred countries worldwide. It helps large industry and governments understand how the world is changing, and...

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The Legal Implications Of HIV Non-Disclosure

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2017 | 1:31 PM

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The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. (Photo: Derek Audette/Getty Images)

If you are a sexually active, HIV-positive Canadian, you could be charged with a criminal offence.

The law around this is commonly referred to as "non-disclosure," and it can happen...

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Trump Tower Has No Place In Vancouver's Skyline

(9) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 10:55 AM

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Donald Trump addresses a ceremony announcing a new hotel and condominium complex in Vancouver, British Columbia June 19, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/Andy Clark)M

As Vancouverites are well aware, the Trump Tower has been a point of controversy in our city for some time....

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Canadian Driving Laws Must Adapt To Realities Of Legal Marijuana

(9) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 4:27 PM

It looks like Canada is well on its way to legalizing marijuana. Our federal government has voiced its support for legalizing the drug, and changes to the Criminal Code are expected by next spring.

But it's not all fun and games.

Before marijuana is legalized, a number of serious...

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Trudeau's Off To A Good Start, With A Long Way To Go

(50) Comments | Posted October 27, 2016 | 11:55 AM

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Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Oct. 19, 2016, one year since his Liberals won a majority. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

With the spotlight on American politics, it's easy to forget about our own federal...

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Canada Has Its Own Demons When It Comes To Police Brutality

(6) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 3:56 PM

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(Photo: Shutterstock)

It seems like every time you turn on the television or log onto the Internet these days, it's déjà vu: there's news of another all-too familiar story playing out before your eyes and it's one we're beginning to know far...

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B.C.'s Mental Health Act Must Be Changed

(2) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 2:05 PM

British Columbia's Mental Health Act is under fire.

On September 12, a legal action was filed on in B.C. Supreme Court. It is challenging the constitutional validity of the legislation and argues that the forced treatment of patients, who are suffering from mental illness, is done in breach of...

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Criminal Offenders Under 12 Should Not Walk Free In Canada

(18) Comments | Posted September 6, 2016 | 4:54 PM


There is a violent offender on the loose in Winnipeg -- and police are powerless to do anything about it.

Although his identity is known, this individual has plagued the police and the community for years. Since 2013, he has been dealt with...

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Judge Needs To Be Held Accountable For What He Said About Rape Victim

(29) Comments | Posted August 24, 2016 | 5:16 PM

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...

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Ogling For Profit In Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Is Socially Irresponsible

(34) Comments | Posted August 16, 2016 | 3:16 PM

Just when you think humanity has hit an all-time low, something like the "Socially Responsible Van" tour shows you that there is still room to go.

The tour, led by Jenn Potter, takes tourists through a guided walk of Vancouver's most down-trodden neighbourhood -- the Downtown Eastside. Potter says that...

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