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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…
May 9, 2011
Toy Safety and Your Child
Toy sales in Canada are a multibillion-dollar business, with the large majority of the manufacturing done around the world. In light of the many recent toy recalls, the Canadian government has been forced to look more closely at the important issue of toy safety. Health Canada strives to ensure that toys are regulated for the…
May 2, 2011
‘Tis the Season for Motorcycle Safety
With Spring upon us, motorcycle enthusiasts are once again taking to the road to enjoy the season's warmer temperatures and drier conditions. Yet despite the surge of motorcyclists in our communities, driving habits of most road users on four-wheels remain the same. We want to remind people that Spring is a time when all drivers…
April 27, 2011
Verbal Agreements with ICBC: When to Keep Your Mouth Shut!
A simple verbal agreement can stand for a lot more than one might think. In fact, an oral acceptance of a settlement "often made in haste and without full consideration of the facts" may be all that's necessary to enter into a legally binding contract with ICBC. A recent BC Supreme Court case, Varesi v.…
April 25, 2011
Choosing the Right Car Seat for Your Child
Using the right car seat for your child is the law. More importantly, using the right car seat is critical to ensure maximum security for your child. The Canadian Paediatric Society reports that every year more than 2500 children under the ages of five are injured or killed in car accidents across the country. What's…