Achieving Justice

The Pedophile didn't "walk"

Jun 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

It can seem to be the worst of injustices: The police do their job and catch a bad guy but his fancy lawyer gets him off on a technicality and the bad guy...

Eyes opened about discrimination

Jun 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

Those of us who have volunteered our time to lead organizations know how it works. It might be a business group, community group, strata council or parent...

Ducks live - lives lost

Jun 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

There is not much more darling a sight than that of a mother duck followed by its brood of cute and fuzzy ducklings, waddling clumsily along. This is, of...

Driver age discrimination

Jun 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

I am thankful to Paul Lacney, a retired insurance adjuster, for bringing the human rights concerns of Ed Rockburne, a retired RCMP officer, to my attention....

How precious is life?

May 27, 2014 / 5:00 am

Brayden Denton made international news this past week. At age four, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. One year later, after a battle...

Mud, sweat and "serious" injuries

May 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

It was the bright and eager idea of a triathlete in my office to put together a team for last weekend’s muddy, gruelling, obstacle course event at Crystal...

ICBC Claims Adjuster 'spin'

May 13, 2014 / 5:00 am

You can expect to hear all sorts of “specious and spurious” arguments if you choose to negotiate an injury claim with an insurance adjuster. If you...

Stand up to bully in Small Claims

May 6, 2014 / 5:00 am

I am a big fan of Small Claims Court. As an articled student, almost 20 years ago, it was where I “cut my teeth” in the courtroom. The Nanaimo law...

Discrimination in Law School

Apr 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

There is a lively debate going on among British Columbia lawyers. It has to do with a competition between freedom of religion and the right to be free from...

Claim for loss of vehicle value

Apr 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

Next to your home, a vehicle might be the largest purchase you make in your lifetime. Some people purchase brand new vehicles, even though they depreciate...

ICBC claim not an insurance claim

Apr 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

From time to time I get a call from someone needing help with an insurance claim. As soon as I figure out what they need help with I refer them to a lawyer who...

130 killed in car crash

Apr 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has dominated the news since it disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. The search for the wreckage continues, in...

Seatbelts & ICBC claims

Apr 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

Consider this statement: “The choice not to wear your seatbelt is a choice not to take a reasonable step to look after your own safety.” The fellow...

Walk away from ICBC

Mar 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

“This isn’t your neighbour, it is your baby!”, the lady said, emphatically. As I continued walking away she continued: “Don’t you...

Taking it to trial can be risky

Mar 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

A recent court decision illustrates the risk that a trial represents, particularly a jury trial, and the powerful incentive that something called a...

Beg, borrow or steal

Mar 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

“Beg, borrow or steal”. A quick internet search comes up with definitions of the expression that include: “to do whatever is necessary to get...

Sharing fault in a collision

Mar 4, 2014 / 5:00 am

For most collisions that cross my desk, the driver of one of the vehicles is totally to blame. It happens all the time, with distracted drivers blowing stop...

Dripping with sarcasm: winter driving

Feb 25, 2014 / 5:00 am

Canadian winter conditions cause crashes. A recent headline makes that point: 'Slippery conditions cause several Kelowna crashes'. Here is another:...

Designated drivers should be protected

Feb 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

A designated driver is seriously injured when her drunk passenger grabs the steering wheel, causing her to lose control and crash. Fair financial compensation...

The classroom on wheels

Feb 11, 2014 / 5:00 am

My wife and I have three absolutely wonderful children: Big sister Cassidy is 12, middle sister Morgan is 9 and “the boy”, Caden, is 7. As wonderful...