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July 20, 2011
Mild Brain Injury Leads to Dementia
Dementia is the loss of brain function affecting memory, thinking, language, judgment and behaviour. Until recently, the medical community accepted the belief that only moderate to severe brain injuries can lead to dementia later in life. New research challenges this, suggesting that even mild brain injuries raise the risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.…
July 13, 2011
New Drinking & Driving Laws Credited With Saving Lives
In response to an article in the Globe and Mail BC's new drinking and driving laws, enforced since last September, are being credited with reducing alcohol-related vehicle deaths by as much as 50%. The Globe and Mail reports that in the 7 months between last October and April, there were 30 such fatalities - 31…
July 6, 2011
Lending Your Car? Better Think Twice.
You lend your car to a friend. Your friend causes an accident while driving your car. You are sued for negligence even though you were not driving at the time of the accident. In BC, the Motor Vehicle Act finds the vehicle owner responsible for any damage or loss caused by their vehicle. This includes…
June 29, 2011
Judges Turn to Facebook
Last week, we commented on the importance of managing your privacy settings on Social Media sites like Facebook. This week, I want to highlight the increasing role that Facebook is playing in Canadian courts. To get a better sense of the overall trend, consider the following statistics: in 2010, Facebook is referenced 25 times in…
June 27, 2011
Road tripping this Summer?
The Globe & Mail recently reported a few preventative measures to take before hitting the road this summer. The article suggests that close to 900,000 Canadian motorists will be stranded at the side of the road, many of them with easily avoidable car issues. To avoid a road trip headache, consider the following: (more…) "Road tripping…
June 20, 2011
Protecting Your Privacy in the Age of Social Media
We can't deny it. Social Media is everywhere. So it's more important than ever to protect ourselves in this new social age. Sites like Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn connect us with friends, family, colleagues and clients. But did you know that these sites can expose us to a broader, uninvited network? (more…) "Protecting Your Privacy…
June 15, 2011
Cyclists Versus Motorists
Imagine you are riding your bike down the road passing parked cars on your right. A car door suddenly opens in front of you. There is no time to take evasive action. You hit the door and go flying off your bike. You suffer neck and back injuries. Who is at fault? According to section…
June 13, 2011
The Importance of a Properly Fitted Bike
With the drier, warmer weather and Vancouver's growing bicycle network, commuting by bike is more appealing than ever. With this in mind, the Vancouver Sun recently commented on the importance of having a properly fitting bike. As one physiotherapist reports, ill-fitting bikes often lead to soreness and injury. (more…) "The Importance of a Properly Fitted…
June 1, 2011
New Developments in Child Car Seat Safety
In response to an article posted at www.cbsnews.com On April 25th, we commented on child seat safety regulations in British Columbia. With new research published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), I thought it a good idea to revisit the topic. In our earlier post we draw attention to the child restraint laws introduced province-wide…
May 25, 2011
The Slip & Fall: Who’s to Blame?
An elderly woman is shopping at a Real Canadian Superstore with her daughter. She turns left to pass a display pallet of dishwasher detergent. She catches her foot on the corner of the pallet and falls. She breaks her hip and faces a long and challenging recovery. Who is to blame? BC Supreme Court Case Etson…