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Cannabis Legalization And First-Time Users

Will cannabis legalization increase the number of first-time drug-impaired driving offenders? Health Canada's second annual survey of cannabis users showed 60 per cent of respondents know consuming marijuana affects a person’s driving ability. In 2017’s survey, only 50 per cent of respondents admitted consuming marijuana affected the user’s ability to drive.

Despite this, the 2018 Health Canada survey reveals 43 per cent of cannabis users drive within two hours of using cannabis. Men are more than twice as likely as women to do this. Nearly half of the respondents who drove after using marijuana did so within 30 days of completing the survey. Three in ten respondents said they had driven within two hours of consuming cannabis within the last year, and a third did so over a year ago.

Top Three in Toronto!

We are excited to announce that our associate Roselyn Kelada-Sedra has been named as one of the Top Civil Litigators in Toronto by Roselyn works tirelessly to provide comprehensive and competent legal services to our clients and she continues to make us here at Sabsay Lawyers proud. Congratulations, Roselyn!

Civility in the Court Room: Digging in to the Groia decisions

Civility in the legal profession. Some think of it as a nod to archaic forms that uphold classist underpinnings of the profession. Some think of it as the best thing about Canadian lawyers, their respect for one another and the court. Some think of it as a state body limiting the lawyer's free expression and ability to advocate for clients. Whatever your opinion is, civility is an immoveable tenet of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and it continually raises debate. What is it? What is its role? What kind of conduct reaches the level of incivility?

Your rights as a teacher facing professional misconduct charges

You may be looking back and wondering where your summer went. Whether you took a class, attended a workshop, or just spent the summer resting and preparing, the new school year came too soon. Your job as a teacher is a challenge, to say the least. Dealing with ever-increasing standards can place a lot of stress on you and your colleagues, not to mention the pressure you often feel from the parents of your students.

Nevertheless, you most likely find the work satisfying and the students refreshing. This is why it may have come as a shock when you learned that someone had filed a misconduct complaint against you with the Ontario College of Teachers.

Addressing Sexual Harassment In The Entertainment Industry

On June 13th, 2018, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Entertainment, Media & Communication Law section, in collaboration with the Labour & Employment Law section, held a panel , addressing sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. Chaired by Roselyn Kelada-Sedra of Sabsay Lawyers and moderated by Alexi Wood of St. Lawrence Barristers LLP, the event featured 3 expert panelists: Jane Angel, General Counsel for the Canadian Film Centre; Stuart Rudner of Rudner Law; and, Victoria Shen, Special Advisor on Human Rights and Sexual Harassment for ACTRA Toronto.

Why companies, not people, own the copyright to films

You are a novice screenwriter. A production company options your first script to produce the film. After the production company produces the film, will you own any portion of the copyright in the film, or will the production company own the copyright in the film in its entirety?

Contracts in the Court of Appeal: Right Decision: using "Good Faith" in lieu of hard line

*The names in this article have been adjusted to initials to protect our client. 

Would you rather count on "good faith" from your boss or know what can lose you your job and what can't? Sabsay Lawyers recently won a favourable decision at the ON Court of Appeal in the area of contract law, right on the verge of employment law, that brings this question to the forefront.

The seriousness of facing fraud and theft charges

In the corporate world of Ontario, people may unknowingly become involved in operations or circumstances that turn out to be unlawful. However, if this happened to you, it might be challenging to get out of it without legal implications. This could involve something as simple as shoplifting or complicated involvement in an internet scam or sophisticated financial fraud. These schemes could include operations such as shell corporations and fund transfers to offshore accounts.

Although the law regards theft or fraud that involves less than $5000 as a lesser offence, the impact a conviction can have on your reputation as a professional and all aspects of your life can be as damaging as a conviction for a crime that involved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Along with fines, jail time and probation, you may end up with a criminal record that could potentially ruin your career.

Why we need Drug Treatment Courts | Lorne Sabsay

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer's Daily website published by LexisNexis Canada Inc.

The Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP) is comprised of judges, lawyers and treatment providers who either work in Canadian Drug Treatment Courts (DTCs) or advocate for them.

We share common ground with professors Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner ('Taking a hard look at drug courts', The Lawyer's Daily, Jan. 18, 2018) inasmuch as they advocate for more studies to evaluate the efficacy of DTCs. We do need more studies, particularly in Canada. However, our experience demonstrates the undoubted value of DTCs as an alternative to traditional criminal prosecution in appropriate cases.

What to do if you believe you were wrongfully fired

Your drive to work is pleasant and uneventful, and you are actually looking forward to a productive day at work. But you're no sooner in the door when your manager calls you into the office and asks you to sit down. He tells you very bluntly and without warning that you no longer have a job.

Once you gather your composure, you're more than likely wondering why he didn't give you a reason and what your recourse might be. Employers don't have to give their employees a reason for firing them, but they usually will give a termination notice, which they can do by telling employees beforehand while giving a specific timeframe or by asking them to leave immediately and paying them in lieu of that timeframe.

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