Electoral Reform

Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau

Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau recently made a platform speech outlining his 32-point democratic reform plan. If headlines are any indication, the point that most impressed itself upon the media and political pundits alike is the intention to get rid of the “first-past-the-post” electoral system. What exactly is first-past-the-post and why would someone […]

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Justice and the Jury

A civil trial is generally heard by a judge alone. Nevertheless, in most types of actions, a party has the right to trial by judge and jury and may call for a jury trial by serving a jury notice. By statute, there are actions that may not be tried by a jury. In BC, jury […]

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ICBC and Licensing

The BC Government has once again decided to expand the scope of ICBC. In case you haven’t heard, Finance Minister Michael de Jong recently tabled Bill 13 – 2015 which, if passed, will make a number of legislative amendments. The proposed amendment that has garnered the most attention and public outcry would change the Financial […]

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These are the Jokes, Folks

Why won’t sharks attack lawyers? Professional courtesy. Did you hear about the group that hijacked a plane full of lawyers? They called down to ground control with their list of demands, threatening that if their demands weren’t met, they would release one lawyer every hour.   We’ve all heard them. Books have been published in […]

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Beyond Right and Wrong

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Davies v. Elston, 2014 BCSC 2435, dealt with the duty of care owed by drivers to cyclists on BC roads. In this case, the elderly plaintiff and his son were riding in a bike lane when they passed the defendant’s Ford F350 which was parked […]

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A Picture is Worth … ?

ICBC’s Low Velocity Impact Policy has been previously discussed in the December 8, 2012 article on the Einfeld Law Blog, which can be viewed here. The Low Velocity Impact Policy is based upon the belief that an injury cannot occur in a minor motor vehicle accident. Despite the fact this conclusion has been rejected by […]

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Once More (I)nto The Breach: The Short View

Ride-sharing. Ever hear of it? It has become big business for tech companies such as Lyft and Uber. In case you don’t already know, these companies have created a service in which an app connects people needing rides with private drivers. Of course this isn’t free, and the fare collected by the driver is then […]

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If This Goes On… Building trust. Driving confidence..?

The April 17, 2014 article Business As Usual at ICBC: How to Have your Cake and Eat it Too made reference to the ICBC application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (“BCUC”) for a 4.9% basic insurance rate increase in August of 2013. At that time, ICBC justified the need for a rate increase by […]

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Harm Reduction: Ends and Means and Shades of Grey

Although it is not a new concept by any means, the term “Harm Reduction” has come into vogue recently, particularly in reference to music festivals. Harm Reduction seeks to keep people safe when engaging in risky or illegal behaviour, usually relating to substance abuse. There have been a number of safety-related incidents occurring at music […]

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