Achieving Justice

Creep-catcher justice

Sep 20, 2016 / 6:00 am

“Can we sit down and talk?” A deer caught in the headlights, the 44-year-old in the video complies with the request. The much younger woman he is...

Sidewalks are stop signs

Sep 13, 2016 / 6:00 am

I love playing devil’s advocate. Challenging perceptions is fun. With road-safety issues, I get the bonus of doing my small bit to make our roads safer....

Just be Fair, ICBC

Sep 6, 2016 / 4:00 pm

Have you seen ICBC’s pitch to the B.C. Utilities Commission in support of their latest rate increase request? They point to an increase of injured victims...

Volunteering as therapy

Aug 30, 2016 / 12:00 pm

To the multitude of volunteers who made the recent Apple Triathlon possible: Thank you! I was struck by your generosity. You were there at every twist and turn...

Adding insult to injury

Aug 23, 2016 / 6:00 am

I was inspired to do a sprint distance triathlon last summer. Jake Van Allen, a triathlete who articled with my firm, was my inspiration. The name of this...

ICBC rate increase

Aug 16, 2016 / 6:00 am

It looks like ICBC insurance rates are going up again. According to Transportation Minister Todd Stone, ICBC will be seeking an increase of four to seven per...

Pokezombies, Go!

Aug 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

A zombie, following a Pokemon, steps out onto the street ahead of your vehicle. You see it coming “a mile away.” You’ve heard of the Pokemon...

Pedestrian obligations

Aug 2, 2016 / 6:00 am

A pedestrian has the right of way at every street corner, not just those marked as crosswalks. I shared that shocking rule of the road in my last column. I say...

Every corner is a crosswalk

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:00 am

Do jaywalkers annoy you? A lunch meeting the other day was scheduled at a lovely little restaurant along Lakeshore Drive in Kelowna. I was a few minutes late,...

Our driving attitudes stink

Jul 19, 2016 / 12:00 pm

After a year of public consultation, our political leaders increased the penalties for the use of handheld electronic devices while driving, effective June 1,...

Abuse and confidentiality

Jul 12, 2016 / 11:22 am

Watch the Academy Award winning movie, Spotlight, for the gripping portrayal of investigative journalists working passionately and tenaciously to shine their...

No! Please don't turn!

Jul 5, 2016 / 12:00 pm

We play chicken with death every day. One of the most common crashes is between a left-turning vehicle and a straight-through vehicle. It’s such a...

Best claim is no claim

Jun 28, 2016 / 6:00 am

In a recent court decision, Cyr v. Kopp, 2016 BCSC 679, the compensation award for the victim of a distracted driver was stripped by more than $60,000 because...

Baby's Lawsuit

Jun 21, 2016 / 6:00 am

A 10-month-old baby suffered what was referred to by the judge as “horrible injuries," when she got her hands and mouth on the electrically charged...

Forget those lying eyes

Jun 14, 2016 / 1:00 pm

Lying in your ICBC Claim Facing the wormy innards of an apple you’ve just chomped into is a special kind of ugly. There are bad apples in every barrel,...

Slip claim falls in court

Jun 7, 2016 / 8:00 am

“I slipped and fell, and was hurt. It happened in a store. Do I have a legal claim for compensation for my injuries and losses?” It’s a clear,...

Recording the hidden truth

Jun 1, 2016 / 11:52 am

Secretly Record? A OK! There was some sort of squabble the other day between our two youngest children, aged 10 and 12. My wife and I called them over to sort...

RCMP take lead

May 24, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Each of us has been, or likely will be, touched personally by a crash: a family member or close friend killed; we or someone close to us suffering life altering...

Fine Increase: Impotent?

May 17, 2016 / 12:00 pm

As of June 1st, a first offence will cost you $543.00. It’s the provincial government’s latest road safety initiative. They’re jacking up the...

What is your claim worth?

May 10, 2016 / 11:00 am

What is my claim worth? I am regularly asked that question during initial consultations. I respond by pulling out a pad of yellow lined paper and a pen. I draw...