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September 19, 2011
Road Sense in Autumn
Labour Day has come and gone and it's back to work and school for many of us. And with the daily grind reinstated, we're also seeing a substantial increase in traffic during our morning and evening commutes. But that's not all. The transition into Fall brings darker days and damper weather - a couple of…
September 13, 2011
Street Sense & Child Safety
People across the province are giving a collective sigh of relief as they learn of 3-year-old Kienan Hebert's return to his family in Sparwood, BC. The news is certainly a happy ending to BC's most recent Amber Alert. In light of such an event, we thought it might be a good time to review the…
September 7, 2011
Concussions, Kids & Sport
The issues surrounding head trauma in sport is an increasingly hot topic these days. We recently posted an article on new research suggesting that even mild brain injuries can lead to complications such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease later in life. A few weeks later, Mike Slater commented on the legal action being taken by…
August 31, 2011
Suing a Municipality? Remember the 2 Month Rule
Imagine you are injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a city or municipality. What do you need to know in order to sue for damages? You must comply with s. 286 of the Local Government Act that states the following: 286 (1) A municipality is in no case liable for damages unless notice…
August 29, 2011
Pedestrians: Don’t Become a Statistic
Four months to go in the year and Vancouver has already surpassed last year's traffic death toll. The city is now up to 11 traffic fatalities - 2 more than all of 2010. In response, the VPD has launched a campaign to crack down on intersection infractions by both drivers and pedestrians. Police are increasing…
August 24, 2011
Don’t Count on ICBC for Legal Advice
In our June 6th post, we review the steps to take when suing ICBC as nominal defendant in a hit & run case. Recent BC Supreme Court case Morris v. Doe gives us an example of failing to follow these critical steps. In April 2006, Mrs. Morris is a passenger in a car that is…
August 17, 2011
Vacation Photos Used in Court
We recently commented on the role that Facebook is playing in courts across Canada. More and more, parties involved in lawsuits are pulling content from Facebook to either prove or disprove a claim. This is occurring despite privacy rights and settings. But did you know that your private life can be exposed in court through…
August 10, 2011
Watch Out for Moose, Eh.
Will the law protect those involved in an accident where the at-fault party is a moose? In October 2006, two women are driving between Prince Rupert and Terrace. The driver, Ms. Leask, travels around a corner and sees a mother moose and her calf ahead. Despite efforts to avoid the animals, she clips the rear…
August 3, 2011
Former Players Sue NFL for Concealing Concussion Risks
A few weeks ago we commented on a study linking mild brain injury to dementia in professional athletes and war veterans. CNN now reports that 75 former professional football players are suing the NFL for failing to protect players from the long-term effects of concussions. The players say that the league knew as early as…
July 27, 2011
eBay, Craigslist Buyer Beware
A $50,000 watch purchased by a German collector on eBay is a fake, reports the Vancouver Sun. The watch was purchased from a West Vancouver woman and her son. The buyer, Dr. Oliver Hartmann, understood the watch to be a 1950s Patek Philippe wristwatch in 18 karat pink gold. Experts later deemed the watch to…