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Aug 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

We are moving in the right direction with recently announced changes to ICBC premiums. But we could do so very much better. ICBC premiums are being adjusted in...

Accountability on fire?

Aug 7, 2018 / 6:00 am

The two boys, aged 9 and 11, are sorry. But what about accountability? They were playing with a lighter in the Wilden area of Kelowna. Apparently,...

Use your medical benefits

Jul 31, 2018 / 6:00 am

“Should I be using my extended medical benefits if I’ve been injured in a car crash?” The short answer: Absolutely. This is confusing stuff....

Ensure you're protected

Jul 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

Going quadding? You’re not as protected as you might think. I’m referring to insurance, not helmets and body armour. Though the use of helmets and...

Dog law needs bite

Jul 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

Should a “you break it you bought it” type accountability apply to dog attacks? It does in Ontario, where they have enacted a Dog Owners’...

When pet becomes threat

Jul 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

We love our furry friends. But they can cause harm. We try to keep our children safe by cautioning them not to approach dogs they are not familiar with, but...

He got what he deserved?

Jul 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

“He was asking for it." “Got what he deserved." Comments like those were made in response to the news story about a...

The root of evil: pain

Jun 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

Pain serves us well when alerting us to a burning hot surface. Not so much after a car crash. We naturally avoid unpleasant things. We recoil from burning pain....

Idiot-proofing is killing us

Jun 19, 2018 / 6:00 am

My previous three columns might suggest otherwise, but cellphones are not the boogeyman. One of my “fans” posted an online comment accusing me of...

The cost of texting

Jun 12, 2018 / 12:00 am

If you are texting or engaged in a cellphone discussion with someone you know is driving, should you share legal accountability if there is a crash? In a recent...

Chit-chat, OK; cell, no

Jun 5, 2018 / 6:00 am

How is it any different from talking to a passenger? We hosted a small gathering for my step daughter’s 30th birthday. She got to hear my road-safety...

Fighting RCMP, CBC

May 29, 2018 / 6:00 am

“Swimming against the current” is an understatement. Two of the most powerful and influential publicly funded organizations (the CBC and RCMP) are...

Can passion go too far?

May 22, 2018 / 6:00 am

I attended a TEDxYouth event on May 17. Twelve incredible youth, aged 11-17, presented their ideas. One of them was my 12-year-old son, Caden. What a stinker to...

Fight's not with ICBC

May 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

A recent small claims decision highlights a common misunderstanding about our rights. And that ICBC doesn’t jump to clear up the confusion. I feel for the...

Forget ICBC, enjoy life

May 8, 2018 / 6:00 am

ICBC has a video snippet of you frolicking on a Cancun beach with a margarita in your hand. It felt like they had rummaged through your underwear drawer,...

Electronic dumpster diving

May 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

In the old days it was the family photo album. And if ICBC wanted video footage, they had to send a creepy “investigator” with a video camera. Now,...

Just be honest with ICBC

Apr 24, 2018 / 6:00 am

“I was wondering, does the ICBC interviewer ask questions regarding how an individual's life has been affected by the accident? “And in...

Epitaph for Humboldt?

Apr 17, 2018 / 6:00 am

“Please help us raise money for the players and families affected. Money will go directly to families to help with any expenses incurred.” As of...

Do we learn from tragedy?

Apr 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

The Humboldt Broncos tragedy: What can we learn from it? The RCMP are not speculating about the cause of the horrific crash before gathering and analyzing all...

Bad drivers should pay

Apr 3, 2018 / 1:00 pm

“The crash occurred because I was texting, not because I was drunk. Now pay me the money!” That’s my blunt paraphrasing of a small claims...

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