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Caryma Sa'd | Toronto Criminal Lawyer


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Caryma F Sa'd

Caryma Sa’d practices law in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

Landlord-Tenant, Criminal, Civil & Human Rights

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A major component of Caryma’s current work involves advocacy with respect to human rights and social justice issues. She writes and tweets extensively about race, identity politics, and gender-based violence. She also hosts the legal podcast “Cool Your Head.” Caryma articled at a top-tier Bay Street litigation boutique where she had the opportunity to work under the direct tutelage of some of Canada’s leading litigators. She was selected for a secondment to one of the Big Five banks. An alumna of the University of Ottawa, she received her Juris Doctor with honours while working towards the Master’s of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. In her spare time, Caryma likes to watch professional wrestling. She also enjoys pontificating about the law with her cat.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
I successfully represented a couple faced with racial discrimination at the LTB and I'm currently representing them for a human rights claim. I have also represented a single mother facing discrimination by her Landlord for her disabled son. Cases of this nature raises awareness to issues pertaining to discrimination while being able to help bring justice to those in need. Here are a few notable cases I've worked on recently, so you know a bit more about me:

Landlord loses bid to evict Chinese-Canadian couple from 1 Rosedale Rd.

Lawyer seeks out accused in hostage-taking

Brampton woman fights numerous eviction attempts

Lawyers criticize proposed THC regulation

Toronto woman fights 'baffling' eviction notice, says landlord wouldn't tell her how to pay rent

How did you build a successful practice?
Over the year my law practice grew drastically from media attention, referrals and a strategic marketing plan.

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Honesty, integrity and industriousness are some characteristics clients should look for in a lawyer.

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Local knowledge is quintessentially important to the success of my cases as every client brings a new issue which allows me to look at the law from different perspective and as a result, the more cases I get within the area, the more efficient and knowledgeable I get.

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What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I am not economically driven, I genuinely care about my clients and strive to represent them to the best of my ability.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is to be able to positively change my clients' lives.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
My other interests include making podcasts to raise awareness on people's legal and human rights, cats and being part of charitable organizations.

Position Organization Location Duration
OwnerCaryma Sa'd222 Spadina Avenue, Suite 276, Toronto, ONPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of OttawaJ.D. Law School2015  
University of OttawaBachelors2011
State / Court Date
Ontario2016
  • Member | Ontario State Bar Association
  • François Houle Scholarship for academic excellence

    Toyota Earth Day Scholarship for environmental community service

    Ranked 1st out of 265 students in English Common Law during her first year
  • Lawyer seeks out accused in hostage-taking
    Michael Storms is a 35-year old charged with forcible confinement and uttering threats in relation to a hostage-taking on June 28.

  • Landlord loses bid to evict Chinese-Canadian couple from 1 Rosedale Rd.
    A landlord’s attempt to evict a Chinese-Canadian couple from a Rosedale apartment building for “substantially” interfering with others’ enjoyment of the place has been quashed.

  • Landlord loses bid to evict Chinese-Canadian couple from 1 Rosedale Rd.
    By JIM RANKIN

    A landlord’s attempt to evict a Chinese-Canadian couple from a Rosedale apartment building for “substantially” interfering with others’ enjoyment of the place has been quashed, but the story is likely not over.

    Dot and Paul Pang, the only Asian tenants at 1 Rosedale Rd., say they intend to make an application to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal or launch a civil suit alleging years of racist and discriminatory behaviour by tenants and the landlord.

    In an emotional press conference Friday, Dot said the decision provided “vindication” for the couple. She stressed that the only reason the couple stayed in the apartment was because it had easy access to a lawn, which was a “blessing” to their ailing dog, Ginger, who died last year.

    “If we choose to move at any time in the future,” said Dot, “it will be on our terms, not theirs.”

    Last week, the property manager and three tenants testified before the Landlord and Tenant Board that the Pangs were the problem.

    “I am unable to find, on a balance of probabilities, that the (Pangs) have engaged in conduct, which substantially interfered with the Landlord or another tenant’s reasonable enjoyment” of the building, adjudicator Roger Rodrigues wrote June 12 in dismissing the eviction application.

    Property manager Aubrey Hannah described this to reporters as a case of smart, good people behaving badly, on all sides. But in paperwork, the landlord alleged it was the Pangs who had “substantially” interfered with others’ “reasonable enjoyment” of the building.

    One tenant not called as a witness felt Dot had been using her phone to record him, while speaking Chinese. Another testified Dot has used “profanities” against him but then, under questioning by the adjudicator, said he had “misused” the word and assumed by the “tone” of the foreign language Dot was speaking in that she was swearing at him.

    Yet another, who the Pangs had accused of harassing them, complained of getting a “dirty look” from Dot.

    The testimony of two of the three tenants at the tribunal — all of them white — was problematic, and “not credible” in one case, the adjudicator found, while Dot’s was credible and “straightforward.”

    Dot, a former journalist, and Paul, who works in banking, said in a statement that they feel “vindicated. We told the truth and we have for years. And these are the types of false allegations that the tenants have been making about us for years.”

    Their lawyer, Caryma Sa’d, called the ruling “scathing” against a landlord that had “no case,” and resorted to “bullying” behaviour.

    “The crux of the complaints was that my clients speak Chinese to each other in common areas, and that they allegedly give other tenants dirty looks. And yet the landlord went ahead trying to evict on petty and frivolous grounds.”

    Hannah told the Star the landlord respects the board’s decision.

    “We made this application at the request of our tenants,” he told the Star. “We sincerely hope we won’t have to do it again.”

    The Pangs moved into 1 Rosedale Rd. in 2010. Their ground-floor unit with walkout balcony to a private, shared lawn was ideal for their beloved, aging Shetland Sheepdog, Ginger.

    Friction with fellow tenants began immediately and grew worse over the years, resulting in calls to police and at least one petition against the Pangs. The landlord commissioned an independent investigation into allegations of racism and unneighbourly behaviour, some of which was blamed on the Pangs, which led to warnings that bad behaviour by any tenant would lead to an eviction notice.

    That’s where the Pangs found themselves after complaints by three tenants that Dot had used the word “racist” around other tenants and loud conversations and phone calls, which the Pangs say were conducted in Cantonese.

    The Star detailed a chronology of conflicts in the building, including the removal of human rights material posted by the landlord. A property management sign called on tenants to “stop the racial discrimination at 1 Rosedale Road immediately!” Management, it noted, was aware of harassment of the building’s “tenants of Asian descent.”

    The Pangs are the only Asian tenants in the building. They shared notes, emails and the 52-page investigator’s report with the Star. The investigator found the removal of the human rights material by unknown hands was a problem and that the Pangs genuinely felt they were being discriminated against. But discrimination by any individuals could not be proven.

    The Pangs, the investigator wrote, were “outsiders to the social fabric of 1 Rosedale.”

    The couple showed the Star two defaced posters they placed in the laundry room to remind others of their laundry times. One had “CRAZY CHINESE” written on it.

    The Pangs feel the eviction move was done to try to pre-empt an eventual complaint to the human rights tribunal. They are now exploring legal options “to address the discrimination and harassment they have endured,” including a rights complaint or civil suit, said their lawyer.
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Suite 276
Toronto, ON M5T 3B3
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