Canada’s New Drinking and Driving Laws Take Effect on December 18, 2018

Currently, the police need some grounds to demand a breath test from motorists, which can include smelling alcohol on a driver’s breath, or noticing other signs of impairment, which would lawfully allow them to demand a breath test. Next week, drivers should know that police will have added powers when lawfully stopping drivers. These powers will include the ability to demand a roadside breath sample, without having any grounds.

If you have been charged with an impaired driving charge, or 0ver 80 mg of blood alcohol criminal charge, Lighthouse can assist you with your Defence. Lighthouse has a referral agreement with several lawyers in Ontario, which can assist you with your charge. Call us today, and we can book you an appointment with a lawyer in your area.

Here are the penalties for impaired driving as of Dec. 18, 2018:

Alcohol-impaired driving that does not cause bodily harm or death – mandatory minimum penalties:

  • First offence + blood alcohol content (BAC) of 80-119 mg: mandatory minimum $1,000 fine
  • First offence + BAC of 120-159 mg: mandatory minimum $1,500 fine
  • First offence + BAC of 160 mg or more: mandatory minimum $2,000 fine
  • First offence of refusal to be tested: mandatory minimum $2,000 fine
  • Second offence: mandatory minimum 30 days imprisonment
  • Third and subsequent offences: mandatory minimum 120 days imprisonment

Impaired driving causing no bodily harm or death – Maximum penalties:

  • Summary conviction: 2 years less a day imprisonment
  • Indictment: 10 years imprisonment

Impaired driving causing bodily harm – Maximum penalties:

  • Summary conviction (for less severe injuries): 2 years less a day imprisonment
  • Indictment: 14 years imprisonment

Impaired driving causing death – Maximum penalty:

  • Life imprisonment

Wait time for provincial interlock program:

  • First offence: no wait
  • Second offence: 3 months
  • Third and subsequent offences: 6 months

Testing:

  • Police officers can require any lawfully stopped driver to provide a preliminary breath sample, even without reasonable suspicion that the driver has alcohol in their body

J & B’s 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Last December, J&B’s 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party raised awareness and $10,000 in funds for Inn From the Cold – a non-profit organization which provides shelter, dignity, and safety for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in our community of York Region. This year, we are aiming to do it again and would love for you to be a part of it!

You can order ticket(s) online for $25.00

On Saturday December 8th 2018, the 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – sponsored by Lighthouse Legal Services, will be held at the Market Brewing Company in Newmarket. The evening will include door prizes, a silent auction, activities throughout the event, as well as live entertainment and a local food truck!

As a valued member of the community, we are writing to ask for your support through your involvement and contribution to Inn From the Cold by:

  • Donating goods and/or services for an auction item, door prize, and/or gift bag item

All contributions will be publicized on the Facebook social media group “York Region: What’s Happening,” which boasts over 5,700 members in our community. These posts will include a photo of the item and/or your organization; thanking you for your contribution. Links to your social media and/or your website will be included, if applicable. We also welcome your organization to provide business cards to be placed with your donation on the day of the event.

Your generous contributions will help ensure that Inn From the Cold is able to continue to support and provide services to the homeless and near homeless of York Region. These services are provided year-round and include: emergency shelter in the winter; assistance in finding housing and/or employment; mental health support; and other necessities. Inn From the Cold receives funding from the Regional Municipality of York’s Community Investment Fund and from generous supporters like you.

Don’t miss this chance to support our community and help our members in need reach their full potential! We look forward to your participation in J&B’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party as part of our annual charity event and welcome your attendance on Saturday December 8th at the Market Brewing Company!

 

If you have any questions or need further details, please contact.

Brian Morris                                       Jordan Bickley

647-528-5422                                     905-505-0957

For further information please contact Inn From the Cold

 

Business Awards

2018 Business Excellence Awards

Lighthouse Legal Services Prof. Corp. is very proud to be nominated for a Business Excellence Awards, in the category for community involvement. Over the first 15 months of being in business, Lighthouse has helped raise over $12,500 for INN From the Cold homeless shelter. Additionally, Lighthouse sponsored and organized the first Co-ed Soccer tournament for the Aurora Soccer Club, the tournament also honoured the Founders and history of the club which was founded in 1954. Lastly, Lighthouse was proud to help sponsor the 100th year armistice remembrance day dinner for Branch 385 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Lighthouse prides itself has being a a force for good in the community, and will continue its commitment to those in need. We look forward to 2019 and beyond.

Mercedes Benz Club of Canada

New AMG and G Wagon (squared)

Lighthouse continued its summer tour across Ontario with a stop in Waterloo, On on Sunday June 24, 2018 for the Annual Mercedes Benz Car Show. It was amazing to meet all the car enthusiasts from across Canada, and be able to answer their questions regarding the rules of the road. It was clear after meeting the members of this great association, their is a high level of respect for our laws, and rules of the road. Lighthouse looks forward to continuing to support the Mercedes Benz Club of Canada, and looks forward to their next annual event.

Lighthouse Raises $10,000 for Inn From the Cold

From Left to Right: Martha Berry, Julianna Playter, Jordan Bickley, Brian Morris, Phyllis Morris, Ann Watson

Thank you to everyone for volunteering and donating to J & B’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. We just surpassed our goal and raised $10,000.56 for INN From The Cold. A big thank you to Jordan Bickley (Co-Founder of the event), and all the volunteers ( Shane McCarthyTal TrainerPhyllis MorrisRachel AnnChristine MelnikJuliana PlayterMartha Berry) This was a great team effort, and I would like to thank all our friends and family for helping such a worth cause. Also thank you to Market Brewing Company for partnering with us, and Lighthouse Legal Services. (more…)

J & B’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (Update)

Thank you to Snapd Magazine for Creating the Ad

Tickets are selling out fast, get yours at snapd.at/pew52tw for only $25.00 (all proceeds will benefit INN From the Cold)

I would like this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors:

Corporate Donors:

Access8

Adventure Sports

Body Beautiful Day Spa

Bowman

Box Office Movies

Bullseye Axe Throwing

Carnivore Club

Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora

GS Die

Hair Envy Creative Designs

Harvey’s & Swiss Chalet

Holland Marsh Wineries

ICT Solutions UK Ltd.

Lighthouse Legal Services

Market Brewing Co.

Michael Hill

Rick Harris Plumbing and Renovations

 

Special Thanks to:

Tal Trainer and Jordan Bickley for TFC Tickets

Patricia Palichuk

Nicole Zenier

Emil Simon

Anonymous Donor for Schweizer Helicopter 300C

Anonymous Donor for Artwork

 

Organizing Committee:

Brian Morris, Jordan Bickley, Shane McCarthy, Tal Trainer, Rachel Bickley, Christine Melnik, , Piers Simpkin, Phyllis Morris, and Martha Berry

J & B’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Craft BeerNon-Profit

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Market Brewing Co.
17775 Leslie St #4
NewmarketON
L3Y 3E3

Time: 9:00pm to 12:00am (3 hours)

Lighthouse Legal Services will be hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Market Brewing Co. to benefit Inn From the Cold. Tickets will be $25.00 each, and there will be a silent auction on location.  You can purchase your tickets from Snap’d Newmarket.

Special thanks to the organizers, Jordan Bickley, Brian Morris, Phyllis Morris, Juli Playter, Tal Trainer, and Karly Zbaraschuk, Shane McCarthy and Jessica Roberts from Market Brewing Co.

Additional details will be listed on the Facebook group, “York Region: What’s Happening”.

Local News Coverage: https://www.yorkregion.com/whatson-story/7498016-ugly-christmas-sweater-party-to-help-homeless-in-york-region/

Press Release

From top left to right (Tal Trainer, Brian Morris, Shane McCarthey, Jordan Bickley) From bottom left to right (Ann Watson, Martha Berry, and Phyllis Morris)

If you wish to donate a door prize, or silent auction prize please contact us.

Thank you for choosing to support INN from the cold.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us.

Purchase tickets now, before its too late.

Lighthouse Launch

Lighthouse Legal Services Professional Corporation received its authorization from the Law Society of Upper Canada on July 4, 2017 to provide legal services in Ontario.

Brian Morris has founded the firm, and will be building a team with former Mayor of Aurora Phyllis Morris, who will be spearheading the Community Ambassador role which is a cornerstone of the firm’s commitment to its Community.

The decision to create Lighthouse as a firm was to build a company which cares about its clients, employees, and community. It’s essential for Lighthouse not to be just a legal services firm, but to be business which is a force for good. We want to provide high level customer service, and educate our clients throughout the process. It’s no good just to provide the end result to your customers, clients want to be engaged throughout the process. Employees need to feel valued, they need a career path, and most importantly they need to be rewarded for their hard work and commitment.

The last pillar of our company charter will focus on community and sustainability. Lighthouse will design its processes and operations with a sustainability as its focus. Will also be committing 2% of pretax profits to local community non-profits and charities.