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White Collar Crime and Trust

White collar crime can have a huge impact on the reputation of a business. Instances of fraud, bribery, and other types of corporate crimes can hurt the future of a company once the news breaks and loyal customers, vendors and trading partners hear about the situation.

This not only effects the success of the business, but also the job security of all employees involved if the business goes under. A recent story on CBC.ca summarizes a similar situation in Canada’s west end.

Proactive Lawyering: Protecting our Clients

When someone is accused of a crime, that person's life changes overnight. Whether defendants did anything wrong or not, their lives become subject to the scrutiny of the Crown as soon as the police charge, "assault" or anything like it. To go through the court process is not only costly financially, it costs emotional strain on both the defendant and the defendant's entire support network. When there are children involved, they have to go through the trauma of not knowing if their parent is safe, not knowing if their parent is telling the truth, not knowing if they're going to see their parent go to jail.

Netflix announces new production hub in Toronto

Creative professionals often face obstacles on the road to success. As such, these individuals need to regularly think about their future and ways to protect themselves as they navigate the industry and creative opportunities.

This can be a timely reminder, considering popular streaming service Netflix recently announced it will be setting up a production hub in Toronto. The move is expected to bring more acting and directorial jobs for content creators.

Acquittal Won: No one can be convicted without proof beyond a reasonable doubt

We are glad to have won our client an acquittal on the basis of a pillar of Canada's criminal judicial system: the Crown must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. No matter what the crime or what the potential sentence, nothing short of this standard will do to deprive a person of their liberty according to the tenets of the Canadian system. In a case of sexual assault and sexual interference, we were able to advocate for our client by putting the evidence to this standard.

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 ThreeBestRated.ca. 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! https://threebestrated.ca/civil-litigation-lawyer-in-toronto-on

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?

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