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December 25, 2011
Happy Holidays!
Best wishes from all of us at Slater Vecchio.
December 22, 2011
Use Your Head – Wear a Helmet on the Slopes
Nova Scotia is the first province to ticket skiers and snowboarders for not wearing a helmet while on the mountain. Violators will pay a $250 fine. Like Nova Scotia, BC was one of the first provinces to introduce bike helmet laws. Should we follow their lead and require helmets on the mountain? There is an…
December 20, 2011
Don’t Drink & Drive This Holiday Season
Less than a week to go until Christmas and the holiday season in is full force. But the extra good cheer also tends to bring a spike in car accidents related to drinking and driving. This season, let's hope the success of BC's new drinking and driving laws will carry through into the New Year.…
December 15, 2011
Brainstreams.ca: Helping Real People with Real Lives
The Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference Society has launched Brainstreams.ca, a leading Canadian information and educational online resource. Brainstreams.ca helps meet the educational and social networking needs of the brain injury community throughout British Columbia and beyond. The site also seeks to increase awareness and prevention of brain injury. (more…) "Brainstreams.ca: Helping Real People with…
December 13, 2011
Court Says No to Fishing on Facebook, Twitter
The role of Facebook in BC Courtrooms is once again in the headlines. In Dosangh v. Leblanc and St. Paul’s Hospital, a woman is suing doctors and support staff for damages suffered during open heart surgery. The plaintiff says that preventable complications during the surgery caused a stroke that left her with permanent mental and…
November 29, 2011
When Accident Strikes on the Mountain
In our last post, Nicole reviewed some basics of ski and snowboard safety. Now let's look at some ski and snowboard accidents that ended up in Court. In Kralik v. Mt. Seymour Resorts, a skier tries to clear some snow from the chairlift seat. He becomes entangled in the seat as it moves forward. He…
November 23, 2011
Get Ready for Ski and Snowboard Season!
It's official. The snow is now falling on BC's coastal mountains. And another La Nina year means a forecast calling for greater than average snowfall. Skiers and snowboarders rejoice. Before hitting the slopes, I thought it wise to revisit some alpine safety sense. First and foremost: avoid head injuries. The most serious ski and snowboard…
November 17, 2011
Protect Your Passengers!
Last post, Mike commented on the duty of care owed by drivers to protect their passengers. This duty is a central issue in BC Supreme Court Case Vedan v. Stevens. In this case, the driver of a pickup truck, Mr. Stevens, is leaving a campground to run an errand. He agrees to give four children…
November 15, 2011
Buckle Up!
Do you always ensure that your passengers are wearing a seat belt? If not, you may be at fault for your passenger's injuries in the case of an accident. Vehicle occupants owe a duty of care to put on their own seat belts. But in some situations, the responsibility falls on the driver - as is…
November 4, 2011
Running a Yellow Light Won’t Get You Ahead
J.A.'s recent post reminds us that when a light turns yellow, you must stop so long as it's safe to do so. BC Supreme Court case Henry v. Bennett gives us another example of why not to run a yellow light. In this case, Ms. Bennett is stopped patiently in a left turn lane waiting…