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January.13.2012
More on Child Car Seat Safety
Child car seat safety is once again in the news. As of January 1st, the state of California requires that children use car seats until they are either 8-years-old or 4'9" tall. The previous requirement was 6 years or 60 pounds. In BC, the laws are slightly stricter. Kids over 40lbs must use a booster…
January.6.2012
Street Sense for Our Kids
Last September, we took a moment to remind parents of the importance of teaching street sense to our kids. The post was inspired by the heartwarming story of 3-year-old Kienan Hebert who was safely returned to his family following a horrific abduction. As a new parent, I think it important to revisit the topic of…
January.5.2012
Time to Ban Fighting in Hockey
Twenty-five years ago the NHL did not appreciate the relationship between fighting and brain injury. The NHL can't claim ignorance anymore. Medical experts say it's time to ban fighting in hockey. An editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Stop the violence and play hockey, comments on the irreversible damage caused by head trauma.…
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…)
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…