Driver Distraction

As we dealt with in a recent article, ICBC, while seeking another rate hike, blatantly and unjustly,  shifted the blame for needing more money onto personal injury lawyers. By going on the attack ICBC didn’t have to defend against allegations of mismanagement, bloated salaries, or the Government’s appropriation of millions of dollars of its profits. […]

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Time for Winter Tires

As of today, October 1st until April 30th, winter tire requirements are in effect. Although snow tires aren’t mandatory in B.C., the Ministry of Transport has designated most mountain passes and highways as routes requiring vehicles to have either snow tires or carry chains. These routes have regulatory posted signs. If you’re caught without the […]

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ICBC versus those Damn Lawyers

ICBC has just applied to the B.C. Utilities Commission for a whopping 4.9% hike in basic insurance rates. Yet again, ICBC is laying the blame on personal injury lawyers. It’s long been known that ICBC uses every opportunity to thwart vehicle accident victims from hiring lawyers. Their ongoing rhetoric is that we greedy lawyers will […]

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Motorcycle Prejudice

I have become more and more aware of the prejudice against motorcycle riders by the police, the public and the press. Most often, the news caption will read “Motorcyclist strikes minivan (car, truck semi, etc.)” or some such judgmental conclusion deeming the motorcyclist to be at fault without any evidence of wrongdoing.  As a motorcyclist […]

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Cell Phone Contracts

The CRTC recently announced a new wireless code of conduct for contracts and devices which takes effect on December 2nd of this year. Wireless customers will be able to cancel their contracts after two years without penalty. Also, carriers will be required to unlock phones after just 90 days into the contract. This means that […]

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Sturgis North Motorcycle Festival has been Cancelled

The 3rd annual Sturgis North Motorcycle Jamboree and Music Festival, scheduled for the end of August, has been postponed until next year. Officials have said the event was postponed due to time constraints re the new location. The festival has had a difficult time finding a permanent home. In 2011, several thousand motorcyclists attended  the first […]

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Price Fixing by Chocolate makers? Ain’t that a gas?

Food giants, Nestle and Mars, have recently been accused of an alleged criminal conspiracy to fix the prices of their leading chocolate bars in Canada. Competition Commissioner John Pecman, calls the allegations “egregious anti-competitive behavior that harms Canadian consumers” and a potential “serious criminal offence”. Hmm. Alleged price fixing and anti-competitive behavior calls to mind […]

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Beware of Lending your Vehicle

You do someone a favour and lend out your vehicle. But then the unthinkable happens and your vehicle is in an accident. Worse still, the driver is to blame. Are you liable? According to Section 86 of the Motor Vehicle Act, the vehicle owner is indeed, usually liable. Before lending our vehicle, we should all […]

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Planning a Party? Social Host Awareness

A social host is the term given to the host/hostess of a private party (non-work/commercial-related). A recent case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia raises concerns about social host responsibility where a drunken party-goer causes an accident and injury to others. Canada’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Canada, dealt with this issue a […]

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Care or Control

Care or Control

Can a person be convicted of a criminal offence if they’re drunk and asleep in a vehicle with the keys in the ignition? The answer is Yes. Under Section 253(1) of the Criminal Code, it is an offence for a person not only to operate, but also to have care or control of a motor […]

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