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.