02Sep 2016

Expect to see increased enforcement of BC’s distracted driving laws throughout the province in the month of September as well as various awareness events throughout the province.  Despite significantly increased fines and penalties for distracted driving the continuation of the problem is easy to see when you are on the road.  Distracted driving is dangerous […]

01Sep 2016

  ICBC’s application for a rate hike has included as a rationale for the required increase, the increased rate of legal representation of claimants, which they attribute to lawyer advertising.  In their application last year they also pointed to increased legal representation as one of the reasons for increased costs.  The BC Utilities Commission in […]

30Aug 2016

I had the opportunity this past weekend to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.  The ride raised over $7 million dollars for cancer research in BC and involved approximately 1700 participants riding from Vancouver to Seattle.  I rode for Team Ovcare, where the dollars raised go directly to Ovarian Cancer research in British Columbia.  […]

30Aug 2016

I had a great opportunity yesterday to be a guest on Gloria Macarenko’s show, The Almanac.  We discussed the proposed rate hikes by ICBC.  You can catch the show here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/programs/bcalmanac/aug-29-2016-icbc-rates-summer-jobs-1.3740285

30Aug 2016

Many of the cases before our courts where a judge is asked to determine fault, involve left turning vehicles. While the determination of who is at fault really turns on the particular facts, especially when it involves a left turning vehicle, there are a few factors which can be determinative. Section 174 of the Motor […]

25Aug 2016

ICBC has asked the British Columbia Utilities Commission to approve a 4.9 percent rate increase to basic insurance.  ICBC cites in their application the same reasons that they always cite when asking for a rate increase, increased number of crashes and claims being filed.  Last year ICBC raised rates by 5.5 percent.  If the 4.9 […]

12Aug 2016

Reasons for judgment were released yesterday in the case of Virk v. Robertson a case involving determination of damages for a 27 year old woman who was injured in a motor vehicle accident that had occurred three years prior to trial.  The first task for the trial judge is to determine what injuries, if any, […]

11Aug 2016

Rose is excited to announce that she has been elected to the Board of Cycling BC and will serve as it’s Chair for the upcoming year.  She looks forward to working with Vice Chair Craig Bosenberg and Board members Willa Kriebel, Sean O’Mahoney, Kelyn Akuna, Stephanie Hotchkiss, Stuart Lynn, Jeannie Mansell and Mischa Partridge.  The elected […]

11Aug 2016

A judge expressed his displeasure with ICBC by awarding special costs to a plaintiff.  The decision followed a jury trial decision in which the plaintiff was awarded less than what ICBC had offered.  Typically that will result in an award of costs against the plaintiff when as in this case the offer made by ICBC […]

08Aug 2016

The federal government last week announced the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Mandate of the commission is to examine and report on the systemic causes behind the violence that Indigenous women and girls experience and their greater vulnerability to that violence by looking for patterns and underlying factors that […]