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31May 2017

A lot of companies have progressive discipline policies and if the policy is followed correctly it can provide a justification for termination.  A recent Canada Labour Arbitration highlighted the potential pitfalls of not following the progressive discipline policy and in particular that the failure to do so can turn what may have been a justified […]

24May 2017

A component of any personal injury claim is the claim for non pecuniary damages, or for compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life experienced by a plaintiff following injury.  Reasons for judgment were released today in the case of Cantwell v. Warren and in this decision, Mr. Justice Macintosh provides a great […]

16May 2017

A recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision, Glimhagen v. GWR Resources Inc. considered the difficult issue of when an individual is an employee versus an independent contractor.  The decision arose because of the without cause termination of the plaintiff.  One of factors taken into consideration in assessing the period of notice due to a terminated employee is the length […]

16May 2017

Reasons for judgment were released yesterday in the decision of Kingston v. Warden.  This case concerned the claim for damages of a 54 year old female plaintiff who was injured in a car accident which occurred four years prior to the trial.  The injuries suffered by the plaintiff in that accident and the impact of those […]

10May 2017

Local police will be conducting two free motor cycle training sessions this month.  The first one is on Saturday May 13 at the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club parking lot.  The purpose of the session is to provide motorcyclists with the skills and confidence that they need to ride safely.  You can get more information about […]

10May 2017

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and with the fabulous spring weather upon us there will be more motorcycles on the roads.  ICBC reports that sixty percent of motorcycle crashes in BC involve another vehicle.   ICBC reports that last year in BC 1600 motorcyclists were injured in 2600 crashes.   ICBC s urging everyone to share […]

24Apr 2017

A recent British Columbia supreme court decision considered a claim for loss of opportunity to marry.  The case of Wilhelmson v. Dumma concerned the female plaintiff’s claim for damages after she suffered significant injuries in a motor vehicle accident.  Her claim and the resulting decision concerned a number of interesting legal issues in the assessment of […]

12Apr 2017

The long weekend is almost here and many of us will have plans to get away.  If those plans include a road trip, ICBC has some safe driving tips for you.  According to ICBC, on average on this long weekend four people are killed and 650 injured in 2300 crashes in the province.  To help […]

09Apr 2017

ICBC, as BC’s public auto insurance provider, often takes steps to make our roads safer for everyone.  That includes steps such as public awareness campaigns.  Distracted driving is one of the largest causes of death and injury on BC Roads and ICBC is now exploring ways to reduce distracted driving.  ICBC has posted a Request for […]

05Apr 2017

Distracted driving has the distinction of becoming the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents and deaths.  In BC there are approximately 81 fatalities each year attributable to distracted driving.  The Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia alongside community groups and professional associations from across the province have launched a public awareness campaign called the […]