Achieving Justice

Brainwashed over texting

Feb 25, 2020 / 6:00 am

Reader comments compelled me to write a follow-up to my column about the idiocy of our distracted driving laws. There were a lot. And I wouldn’t want to...

'Idiotic' cellphone law

Feb 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

Canada’s first impaired driving law, passed in 1921, was called “driving while intoxicated.” There was no messing around with the cause of...

Vigilante justice is not OK

Feb 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

Will you ever catch a thief red-handed, or prowling through your home? Unlikely. But if you do get “lucky” enough to catch a thief in the act, do...

To make a citizen's arrest

Feb 4, 2020 / 6:00 am

The concerned father I wrote about last week was unable to use “citizen’s arrest” to excuse his minimal assault (grabbing the arm) of his...

A crime to protect yourself?

Jan 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

Brazen thieves rifle through our vehicles, steal parcels off our porches and “shop” through our backyards. Three weeks ago a thief had the audacity...

Jail for lying in court

Jan 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

Is lying really an important milestone in childhood development? If so, we come by it honestly! It’s certainly common among adults, ranging from little...

You can't escape court

Jan 14, 2020 / 6:00 am

You can run. You can hide. But if your witness testimony is required to meet the ends of justice, you cannot escape the courtroom. I’ve issued subpoenas...

Road recipe for disaster

Jan 7, 2020 / 6:00 am

This is the last of a three-part series about blind hazards arising when traffic in lanes to your left comes to a stop. It’s a road recipe for disaster...

Did you cause that accident?

Dec 31, 2019 / 6:00 am

You’re cruising up the curb lane. Traffic next to you comes to a stop. Do you smile as you sail past or immediately go on high alert? Stopped traffic in a...

Don't let Higher Power drive

Dec 24, 2019 / 6:00 am

“Holy Mary Mother of God.” Although it was about 25 years ago, I remember the moment my mother uttered those words like it was yesterday. She was...

It really isn't that common

Dec 17, 2019 / 6:00 am

“If roads are in such a condition that a motor car cannot safely proceed at all, it is the duty of the driver to stop. “If the roads are in such a...

A day to remember

Nov 19, 2019 / 7:42 am

Another day of remembrance for dead and injured, and the multitude of others impacted, is almost upon us. The initiative came from an international organization...

Would you blame the child?

Nov 12, 2019 / 6:00 am

A child whose own carelessness contributes to their injury can be held accountable. This is the third in a series of columns reviewing legal duties when a...

Is the hurt child to blame?

Nov 5, 2019 / 6:00 am

Is there parental accountability if a child darts out on the street and is injured? The context is the court decision of Bourne (Guardian ad litem of) v....

Don't run over the goblins

Oct 29, 2019 / 6:00 am

Children swarming the streets and alcohol enriched parties make Halloween a perfect storm for disaster. Alcohol doesn’t usually come into the mix until...

Sign my petition

Oct 22, 2019 / 6:00 am

Awareness of a danger empowers you to make choices to eliminate, or at least significantly reduce, risk of harm. Consider an obscured cliff edge on a hiking...

Keep your brain on the road

Oct 15, 2019 / 6:00 am

How is it any different from talking to a passenger? Predictable as a ticking clock, I face that question every time I share the science that hands free and...

Hands free is dangerous

Oct 8, 2019 / 11:00 am

Seventy-one-year old Randi Kramer made headlines last week after being ticketed for distracted driving. The unlawful conduct? Her plugged-in cell phone was...

ICBC will talk to your boss

Oct 1, 2019 / 1:49 pm

Witness interviews is the form of ICBC investigation that is most, in the words of the court, “fraught with risk.” This is the last of a three-part...

Watch for ICBC's snoops

Sep 24, 2019 / 6:00 am

Achieving balance is important for most things in life. ICBC investigations are no different. Some level of investigation is important to independently test...