Achieving Justice

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...

Forget those lying eyes

Jun 14, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Lying in your ICBC Claim Facing the wormy innards of an apple you’ve just chomped into is a special kind of ugly. There are bad apples in every barrel,...

Slip claim falls in court

Jun 7, 2016 / 8:00 am

“I slipped and fell, and was hurt. It happened in a store. Do I have a legal claim for compensation for my injuries and losses?” It’s a clear,...

Recording the hidden truth

Jun 1, 2016 / 11:52 am

Secretly Record? A OK! There was some sort of squabble the other day between our two youngest children, aged 10 and 12. My wife and I called them over to sort...

RCMP take lead

May 24, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Each of us has been, or likely will be, touched personally by a crash: a family member or close friend killed; we or someone close to us suffering life altering...

Fine Increase: Impotent?

May 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm

As of June 1st, a first offence will cost you $543.00. It’s the provincial government’s latest road safety initiative. They’re jacking up the...

What is your claim worth?

May 10, 2016 / 11:00 am

What is my claim worth? I am regularly asked that question during initial consultations. I respond by pulling out a pad of yellow lined paper and a pen. I draw...

Criminal parents?

May 3, 2016 / 3:00 pm

David and Collet Stephan have been criminally convicted by a jury for causing the death of their 19 month old son, Ezekiel, who they dearly loved and dotingly...

Strippers have rights too

Apr 26, 2016 / 12:00 pm

“If you pay cash, I won’t have to charge you the tax.” I bought a used walker for my mother a few weeks back, and all I had was plastic. The...

ICBC negotiations pt 5

Apr 19, 2016 / 11:00 am

This is the final article of my series on tactics used by insurance adjusters in the negotiation of personal injury claims. The tactics that have been...

ICBC negotiations pt 4

Apr 14, 2016 / 6:23 pm

We are nearing the end of my five column series about negotiation tactics used by insurance companies to manipulate unsuspecting victims in the negotiation of...

ICBC negotiations pt 3

Apr 5, 2016 / 12:05 pm

Time deadlines and low ball offers were the first two of my series on ICBC negotiation tactics. This article is a continuation of that series, after my...

Apologies, Mr. Ghomeshi

Mar 29, 2016 / 4:44 pm

I feel compelled to write about the Ghomeshi acquittal while it is still fresh in our minds. Early on, when details of allegations against him were just...

ICBC negotiations pt 2

Mar 22, 2016 / 10:11 am

Nobody likes to discover that they have been manipulated by a negotiation tactic. Once burned, do you feel like telling the world about it? I am about to tell...

ICBC negotiation tactics

Mar 15, 2016 / 6:50 am

Have you ever been manipulated by effective negotiation tactics? Of course you have. We all have. It takes life experience to recognize negotiating tactics for...

ICBC: Eroding trust

Mar 8, 2016 / 1:00 pm

A court decision released March 1 has cast a bright light on some of the darkest depths of the human character in the context of ICBC’s handling of a...