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Achieving Justice

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...

ICBC capping victims

Feb 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

The rights of those injured in collisions are about to change. Negligent drivers causing the collisions will be rewarded. Rewards include increased employment...

Beg to go back to work

Feb 19, 2019 / 11:00 am

A personal injury claim can feel like a minefield of uncertainty. A bunch of that has to do with taking time off work. I am going to clear away the cobwebs with...

Keep your brain on the road

Feb 12, 2019 / 6:00 am

We continually ignore the road safety “elephant in the room,” even when it is so clearly the cause of the most horrific crashes. Crown counsel is...

Police must respect rights

Feb 5, 2019 / 6:00 am

The drug mule was caught red handed with 27,500 fentanyl pills. Last week, I reviewed the judge’s finding that the arrest and search turning up that...

It was justice, not a travesty

Jan 29, 2019 / 6:00 am

A travesty of justice for the drug mule caught with 27,500 fentanyl pills to go free? It would seem so, according to the overwhelming majority of hundreds of...

Lawyers keep ICBC fair

Jan 22, 2019 / 7:04 am

What does it mean to have a personal injury claim? Or in the context of a car crash, an ICBC claim? And why do lawyers get involved? If someone causes you harm,...

Fight ICBC by journalling

Jan 15, 2019 / 6:00 am

How would things have been different had the crash not occurred? This is a sequel. Last month I recommended that crash victims journal something nobody ever...

Thank you for another year

Jan 8, 2019 / 6:00 am

My youngest wasn’t yet walking when my first weekly column was published on Jan. 7, 2007. He’s about to enter his teenage years as I pass my 12th...

Bias is road safety

Jan 1, 2019 / 11:00 am

Are our rights being stripped away by the new police breath demand powers? Are we on a slippery slope to a police state? I wrote enthusiastically in favour of...

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