Achieving Justice

Your fault, or the ice?

Nov 8, 2016 / 6:00 am

New winter tires are installed, I have anti-lock brakes, I pay taxes for road maintenance services and never exceed the posted speed limit. Who is at fault if...

Working through pain

Nov 1, 2016 / 6:00 am

“As a matter of ordinary human experience and common sense, a person’s ability to tolerate chronic pain diminishes with age." Those are the...

Whose fault is a rear-ender?

Oct 25, 2016 / 11:00 am

Is a rear-ender collision always the fault of the rear-ending driver? I have proposed, for inattentive driving, similar roadside penalties as are imposed on...

Inattention consequences

Oct 18, 2016 / 6:00 am

“The driver who rear-ended my car should have to arrange child care for my kids when I have to go for my treatments, and should have to sit in the waiting...

Mindfulness and a contest

Oct 11, 2016 / 11:00 am

“I would like to inform you about the tremendous positive impact you have had on my driving behaviour and that of my husband. “In addition, your...

Creep-catcher backtrack

Oct 4, 2016 / 6:00 am

Ignorance abounds! I am not intending to use that word with a “stupidity” connotation. My declaration is the written version of a selfie....

Creep-catcher justice

Sep 20, 2016 / 6:00 am

“Can we sit down and talk?” A deer caught in the headlights, the 44-year-old in the video complies with the request. The much younger woman he is...

Sidewalks are stop signs

Sep 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

I love playing devil’s advocate. Challenging perceptions is fun. With road-safety issues, I get the bonus of doing my small bit to make our roads safer....

Just be Fair, ICBC

Sep 6, 2016 / 4:00 pm

Have you seen ICBC’s pitch to the B.C. Utilities Commission in support of their latest rate increase request? They point to an increase of injured victims...

Volunteering as therapy

Aug 30, 2016 / 12:00 pm

To the multitude of volunteers who made the recent Apple Triathlon possible: Thank you! I was struck by your generosity. You were there at every twist and turn...

Adding insult to injury

Aug 23, 2016 / 6:00 am

I was inspired to do a sprint distance triathlon last summer. Jake Van Allen, a triathlete who articled with my firm, was my inspiration. The name of this...

ICBC rate increase

Aug 16, 2016 / 6:00 am

It looks like ICBC insurance rates are going up again. According to Transportation Minister Todd Stone, ICBC will be seeking an increase of four to seven per...

Pokezombies, Go!

Aug 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

A zombie, following a Pokemon, steps out onto the street ahead of your vehicle. You see it coming “a mile away.” You’ve heard of the Pokemon...

Pedestrian obligations

Aug 2, 2016 / 6:00 am

A pedestrian has the right of way at every street corner, not just those marked as crosswalks. I shared that shocking rule of the road in my last column. I say...

Every corner is a crosswalk

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:00 am

Do jaywalkers annoy you? A lunch meeting the other day was scheduled at a lovely little restaurant along Lakeshore Drive in Kelowna. I was a few minutes late,...

Our driving attitudes stink

Jul 19, 2016 / 12:00 pm

After a year of public consultation, our political leaders increased the penalties for the use of handheld electronic devices while driving, effective June 1,...

Abuse and confidentiality

Jul 12, 2016 / 11:22 am

Watch the Academy Award winning movie, Spotlight, for the gripping portrayal of investigative journalists working passionately and tenaciously to shine their...

No! Please don't turn!

Jul 5, 2016 / 12:00 pm

We play chicken with death every day. One of the most common crashes is between a left-turning vehicle and a straight-through vehicle. It’s such a...

Best claim is no claim

Jun 28, 2016 / 6:00 am

In a recent court decision, Cyr v. Kopp, 2016 BCSC 679, the compensation award for the victim of a distracted driver was stripped by more than $60,000 because...

Baby's Lawsuit

Jun 21, 2016 / 6:00 am

A 10-month-old baby suffered what was referred to by the judge as “horrible injuries," when she got her hands and mouth on the electrically charged...