Achieving Justice

Shovelling shirkers

Jan 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

A pedestrian slips and falls on ice on the sidewalk in front of your home. Are you liable? You don’t own the property. It’s owned by the...

Are you paying attention?

Jan 2, 2018 / 6:00 am

Pissed off by my last column? I’m just getting started. I took aim at news media for headlines such as “Icy roads cause crashes,” but, of...

Ice doesn't cause accidents

Dec 26, 2017 / 6:00 am

My Boxing Day Special gift to you is to “call out” the news media for fake news. I cringe every time I see these fake-news headlines that all news...

What if you go too far?

Dec 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

What if the rugby player had gone too far? Jake Taylor, 21, steps up. His actions stop an attacker’s stream of obscenities that elevated to trying to grab...

Standing up for others

Dec 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

“This man got up and started to swear at me calling me a whore and a slut telling me he will kill me and all Muslims in a mix of Arabic and some other...

A-G promoting fake news?

Dec 5, 2017 / 6:00 am

Reported discussions about “capping” injury claims reveal a misunderstanding about how ICBC claims work. Attorney-General David Eby is quoted to...

Future is speeding toward us

Nov 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Driverless technology gets me excited. The alternative way to prevent crashes, changing driving attitudes, is horribly tough going. Take, for example, the...

Pedestrians must be careful

Nov 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

It’s downtown Vancouver. Eastbound lanes of traffic are at a complete stop for a red light. The driver of an eastbound pick-up truck illegally veers into...

Law of slip and falls

Nov 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

With another winter season upon us, I am going to share a little bit about the law of slip and falls. The law isn’t written in some law book, by the way. ...

Secret to avoiding accidents

Nov 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

An oncoming driver turns directly across your path. You don’t have a chance. There’s only a split second between forward movement of the turning...

Death on the highway

Oct 31, 2017 / 6:00 am

A pedestrian is wandering, perhaps stumbling, within the vehicle lanes of the highway going through West Kelowna. There was no natural light at 4:30 a.m. on...

Mr. Bonehead strikes again

Oct 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

Mr. Road Safety has pulled another boner. Unfamiliar with that expression? According to the ever reliable online urban dictionary: “…in time, the...

Brains fill in the gaps

Oct 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

An ATV and dirt bike collide at a blind corner on a winding dirt road. Mr. Bye, the biker, suffers injuries and losses assessed at over $3 million. The stakes...

This party could save a life

Oct 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

A distraught mother is brought into the emergency room to hold her son’s hand while the trauma team does their very best to keep him alive. She pleads,...

Waivers unfair, dangerous

Oct 3, 2017 / 11:00 am

Another injured victim goes uncompensated because of a waiver, despite clear negligence. This time, an adult snowboarder at Big White, boarding from one of the...

Surviving ICBC scrutiny

Sep 26, 2017 / 6:00 am

I didn’t cause the crash. Why does it feel like I am the one on trial? Just because you are making an ICBC claim, that feeling is very much the reality. A...

Don't go to la la land

Sep 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

Inattention is criminal. Or is it? You be the judge. R. v. Dunford, 2015 SKQB 386 Keith Dunford was driving through a highway construction zone with signs...

Common attitude wrong

Sep 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

"Accidents happen. That’s what insurance is for" is an overwhelmingly common attitude. Just typing those words made my skin crawl. Is insurance...

Shoo away debt vultures

Sep 5, 2017 / 6:00 am

If you lose your financial footing, how do you stop the circling vultures from peck, peck, pecking away at you? It would be an understatement to say that we are...

Adjust whiplash protector

Aug 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

Improper headrest adjustment is one of many standard allegations ICBC makes against victims of negligent driving. The allegation is almost always made in a...