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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Is My ICBC Adjuster Really on My Side?

So you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident. To your relief, ICBC says the accident is 100% not your fault. Better yet, you’ve been assigned an adjuster who will look after all your needs. When the time is right, your friendly adjuster assures you of a fair and proper settlement. Oh and by the way, […]

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Liability of the Left-Hand Turning Vehicle

An interesting decision in the case of an accident involving a left turning vehicle was recently handed down in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The Plaintiff was a taxi owner/operator who, after dropping off a passenger outside Vernon, pulled up to a stop sign. He intended to turn left onto the highway heading south […]

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Low Velocity Impact Collisions

Have you ever opened a carton of eggs to discover that one (or more) is cracked or broken? How can that be when the carton looks completely intact? The same can be said of low velocity impact collisions. The absence or lack of damage to the outside of a vehicle by no means constitutes an […]

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Hit & Run Accidents

If someone causes you damage in an accident and then leaves the scene without exchanging information, there are certain actions you must take to protect your rights. This applies if your vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle was hit, or if you were struck as a pedestrian. In British Columbia, Section 24 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act […]

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