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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…
May 18, 2011
Is a Child’s Waiver of Liability Binding When Signed by a Parent?
Last week, we commented on a recent court case where plaintiffs Deanna Loychuk and Danielle Westgeest believed the recreational waivers they signed before embarking on a ziplining adventure were unenforceable. The judge found in favour of the defendants, Cougar Mountain Adventures, saying that the signed waivers were a complete defence to any liability. This week,…
May 16, 2011
Should Parents be Charged if Kids Aren’t Wearing a Bike Helmet?
In response to an article in Globe Life. The Globe and Mail recently reported that on April 30th, a nine-year-old boy in Sudbury, Ontario was struck by a car after failing to stop at a stop sign. He was not wearing a helmet, and is fortunate that his injuries were minor. Ontario bike laws charge parents…
May 11, 2011
Recreational Waivers: to Sign or Not to Sign?
Thrill seekers of all levels are accustomed to signing a Waiver of Liability ("Waiver") before embarking on a recreational activity. But just how binding is the piece of paper that adventure enthusiasts so often absent-mindedly sign? In BC Supreme Court case Loychuk v. Cougar Mountain Adventures, plaintiffs Deanna Loychuk and Danielle Westgeest sign up for…