Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

Owners Liable if Dog Escapes

Jumping DobermanRocky is an 89 pound Doberman. One day, he escapes his owners’ enclosed yard and bolts towards a 61 year-old cyclist, knocking him from his bike. The cyclist suffers injuries including broken ribs and a fractured clavicle. Due to his injuries, the cyclist is unable to work for several months.

Prior to the incident, Rocky had never bitten a human and even played with the owner’s young children. However, Rocky had run towards passing cyclists in the past showing signs of aggression within the constraints of the owners’ electric fence.

The system was never tested and failed the day Rocky escaped.


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Provincial Campaign Targets Distracted Drivers

Texting KillsThe province, ICBC and local police have launched a safety campaign educating the public of the dangers of using their electronic devices while driving.

A recent Ipsos Reid survey shows that BC drivers consider texting while driving more risky than drinking and driving.

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Keep Kids Safe: Change the Rules

Child Playing SoccerKids are suiting up for their favourite Fall sports but when it comes to safety, are helmets and pads enough to keep our young athletes safe?

Canadian doctors Ross Upshur and Paul Echlin don’t think so.

The concussion problem is being called a “silent epidemic.”And doctors Upshur and Echlin believe a fundamental shift must be made in youth sports to protect the brains of young competitors. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Q&A with Powell River Brain Injury Society Executive Director Deborah Dee: The Garden Project

Slater Vecchio is a proud suppPRBIS Gardenorter of the Powell River Brain Injury Society and we have been excited to watch the development of their garden project this past year.

I had the opportunity to ask Deborah Dee, Executive Director of the Powell River Brain Injury Society, a series of questions on the development of the garden project and the future of the program READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Eyes Up, Phones Down!

Distracted WalkingWalking has become riskier in the last several years.  The primary cause?  Smartphones.

With smartphones having similar abilities to computers, many feel the need to use them more often. There is even now a name for the fear of being without a cell phone: nomophobia.

Jack Nasar, a professor of city and regional planning at Ohio State University, ran an experiment asking people with and without cellphones to walk around a tricky course. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Concussion Management Tool gets Blindsided

Concussion Management Tool gets BlindsidedA helmet sensor developed to alert parents and coaches to potential brain injury has hit an unexpected roadblock.

According to the Globe and Mail, Shockbox has been shunned by helmet manufacturers. Rather than supporting the concussion monitoring tool, helmet makers are warning consumers that the one ounce sensor may void the helmet’s warranty. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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BC Drunk Driving Laws Save Lives

Drinking and DrivingA new University of British Columbia study has found that BC’s strict drinking and driving laws have significantly reduced the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities across the province.

In September 2010, the BC government implemented harsher consequences for impaired driving. First time offenders with a blood alcohol content of .05% to .08% received a $600 fine, a 3-day license suspension, and the possibility of a vehicle impounding. The penalties for drivers blowing over .08% were even more severe, with drivers facing possible criminal charges.

Four years later, the laws continue to see favourable results. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Are Car Accidents Really “Accidents”?

Distracted DrivingNo, says automotive columnist Lorraine Sommerfeld.

“The snow isn’t obligated not to land on the road`, says Sommerfeld. “But you are obligated to adjust your driving according to the conditions, up to and including not driving at all.”

Car crashes occur because of the decisions that led to that moment, not because of circumstance. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Vancouver’s ‘Bikability’

Share the RoadCycling in Cities is a research program at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population & Public Health. The goal of the program is to create useful tools for policy-makers, planners, and the public to evaluate the “bikability” of their city. Included in the research program is the BICE Study  that looks closely at the trip and personal characteristics of injured cyclists.

The BICE Study surveyed 690 adults injured while cycling in Toronto and Vancouver. Data collected included trip characteristics like weather conditions, season, time of day, and personal characteristics like age, sex, and education. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit Targets Parents, Coaches

CATTLast summer, we came across CATT, an online Concussion Awareness Training Toolkit to help health professionals better recognize and treat concussions. The website is funded by the BC Ministry of Health and spearheaded by Dr. Shelina Babul, associate director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at BC Children’s Hospital.

And now a year after its initial launch, Babul and her team have rolled out a second phase geared towards parents, players, and coaches. A third phase for teachers will be added in the fall. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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