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Achieving Justice

Cost of needing cannabis

Jul 16, 2019 / 6:00 am

Many crash victims are left with some level of chronic symptoms after running the gamut of therapies. Chronic symptoms can include discomfort and pain, sleep...

Injuries can change a person

Jul 9, 2019 / 6:00 am

Long-term effects of injuries can change a person. Those changes can cause an end to a family relationship and reduce the likelihood of entering into another....

Bullet-proofing your will

Jul 2, 2019 / 6:00 am

The judge’s comment about the deceased — that “Anyone who defied her suffered her wrath” — played itself out in the courtroom when...

A life, a will are judged

Jun 25, 2019 / 6:00 am

A recent court decision lists factors a judge considers when determining whether you have met your moral obligations to each of your children in your will. The...

Daughters attack mom's will

Jun 18, 2019 / 6:00 am

Last week, I started telling the story of a lawsuit where two of four daughters had attacked their mother’s will. Each of the two had been left only five...

You can't take it with you

Jun 11, 2019 / 12:00 am

You can’t take it with you. But how much control do you have over what happens to your estate after you’re gone? A recent court decision sheds...

The judge was wrong

Jun 4, 2019 / 6:00 am

Does small vehicle damage mean no injury? ICBC would have you think so, but medical science and the law are not on their side. This issue was a point of...

Pot-bellied NDP plan?

May 28, 2019 / 6:00 am

Is the return of photo radar really a pot-bellied government plan to fleece drivers? Will it do anything for road safety? I say we have a chance to make a...

Fleecing motorists?

May 21, 2019 / 6:00 am

Lipstick on a pig. That analogy, for reintroducing photo radar without using the words photo radar, makes me smile. I grew up on a mixed farm in Saskatchewan...

That's just not ducky

May 14, 2019 / 6:00 am

How heartless would you have to be not to avoid driving over a duck waddling across a road? The headline, “Stunned by heartless driver,” drew me in...

The pain of soldiering on

May 7, 2019 / 6:00 am

A very recent court decision confirms that you are not to be penalized for soldiering through your pain. The case is Stapleton v. Andrew, 2019 BCSC 678, and the...

Calculating the money

Apr 30, 2019 / 6:00 am

Losses from an injury can extend many years into the future. It is always a challenge to gaze into the crystal ball and predict what those losses will be....

Be aware when you turn

Apr 23, 2019 / 6:00 am

This is the final of a four-part series about the legal duties of motorists and cyclists in common collision scenarios. Increased awareness of common...

Watch for careless drivers

Apr 16, 2019 / 7:11 am

There’s a sweet, environmental justice when congested traffic slows and cycling commuters are able to gain ground. But there’s also considerable...

Who is responsible?

Apr 9, 2019 / 6:00 am

This is my second of a series, describing scenarios where a motorist and cyclist were each found legally responsible for a collision. In each scenario, the...

Watch for cyclists

Apr 2, 2019 / 11:14 am

Spring has sprung and we can expect more and more cyclists on the roadways. I am going to share vehicle-bicycle collision scenarios that came up in case-law...

The truth, the whole truth

Mar 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

This is a sequel to my last column about how judges arrive at the truth. I had shared judicial commentary from a case decided by our Court of Appeal in 1952 and...

Are you a good liar?

Mar 19, 2019 / 6:00 am

“Bold faced lie!” exclaimed my daughter, Cassidy, during a game of One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Lying is a feature of the game, where player...

Use ICBC claim for care

Mar 12, 2019 / 6:00 am

A close circle of friends and family can be a critically important support system in the early stages of recovering from a serious injury. Patient care in our...

Looking for honest justice

Mar 5, 2019 / 6:00 am

Two cones of silence had to be removed for us to hear Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony. As Minister of Justice, cabinet privilege silenced her...

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