LMLGA Kit – Updating BC’s Wrongful Death Laws

The Lower Mainland Local Government Association is having their Annual General Meeting on May 12, 2021.

In their Annual Report & Resolutions Package, motion R4 Updating BC’s Wrongful Death Laws (page 34), which was initiated by the Vancouver City Council, is up for endorsement to move onward to the UBCM Annual Conference.

While local government does not have the ability to amend, or pass provincial legislation, the endorsement, support and recommendation to provincial government can send a clear message from the local level that this critical human rights work needs to get done.

We have a true opportunity at this juncture to bring forth the best wrongful death legislation in Canada that can set a modern international standard for legislated protections, dignity, and access to justice under the law.

Our Society has written a letter to each of the City Councillors from all the Cities and Municipalities in the Lower Mainland.

We need our Member Families, Member Advocates, and the Public at large to write their own personalized letters to your local City Councillors.

We need you to express in your own words why supporting and endorsing motion R4 – Updating BC’s Wrongful Death Laws is personally important to you and your family.

If you do not reside in the Lower Mainland, not to worry, if and when this is passed and moves on to the UBCM, we will be undertaking a province-wide campaign for BC residents to contact their local city and municipal councils at that time. So those outside of the Lower Mainland can sit tight for now.

The below table includes a tool to automatically open an email addressed to your local city councillors.

Please fill out the subject line, write the body of the letter/email, include “R4 – Updating BC’s Wrongful Death Laws” in your letter, and sign the letter with your full name, telephone, and address located within the respective city/municipality. This allows the City Councillors to verify that you are in fact a constituent in order to ensure they address your letter.

If you have any questions, please contact our Society here. Thank you for your support!

(click on map to open full resolution if you need to verify your city/municipality)

MunicipalityCity CouncillorsCity Councillor EmailsClick to Email
West VancouverMary-Ann Booth (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in West Vancouver
Craig Cameron [email protected]
Peter Lambur[email protected]
Bill Soprovich[email protected]
Sharon Thompson[email protected]
Marcus Wong[email protected]
Nora Gambioli[email protected]
Lions BayRon McLaughlin (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in Lions Bay
Neville Abbott[email protected]
Fred Bain[email protected]
Norm Barmeier[email protected]
Jaime Cunliffe[email protected]
City of VancouverKennedy Stewart (Mayor)[email protected]City of Vancouver brought forth the motion and does not need to be emailed.
Rebecca Bligh[email protected]
Christine Boyle[email protected]
Adriane Carr[email protected]
Melissa De Genova[email protected]
Lisa Dominato[email protected]
Pete Fry[email protected]
Colleen Hardwick[email protected]
Sarah Kirby-Yung[email protected]
Jean Swanson[email protected]
Michael Wiebe[email protected]
North Vancouver CityLinda Buchanan (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in North Vancouver City
Tony Valente[email protected]
Jessica Mcllroy[email protected]
Holly Back[email protected]
Don Bell[email protected]
Angela Girard[email protected]
Tina Hu[email protected]
North Vancouver DistrictMike Little (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in North Vancouver District
Megan Curren[email protected]
Lisa Muri[email protected]
Jordan Back[email protected]
Mathew Bond[email protected]
Betty Forbes[email protected]
Jim Hanson[email protected]
Port MoodyRob Vagmarov (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in Port Moody
Amy Lubik[email protected]
Diana Dilworth[email protected]
Meghan Lahti[email protected]
Hunter Madsen[email protected]
Steve Milani[email protected]
Zoe Royer[email protected]
Port CoquitlamBrad West (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in Port Coquitlam
Laura Dupont[email protected]
Glenn Pollock[email protected]
Steve Darling[email protected]
Nancy McCurrach[email protected]
Darrell Penner[email protected]
Dean Washington[email protected]
CoquitlamRichard Stewart (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in Coquitlam
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Trish Mandewo[email protected]
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Steve Kim[email protected]
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Teri Towner[email protected]
Chris Wilson[email protected]
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Kim Trowbridge[email protected]
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Tim Laidler[email protected]
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DeltaGeorge V. Harvie (Mayor)[email protected]Email All City Council Members in Delta
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About the BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society

‘In Their Name’ is the campaign of ‘The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’ – a BC registered non-profit organization comprised of volunteer families who have lost a loved one to wrongful death in BC and were denied access to justice. In response to the biggest human rights issue facing the province today, our goal is to modernize British Columbia’s antiquated wrongful death legislation, which predates confederation (1846). Under current legislation, the value of a human life is measured only by the deceased’s future lost income, so long as they had dependents.

As a result of the province’s antiquated law, access to justice has been denied to the families of the wrongfully killed who do not meet this discriminatory criteria. This has affected especially vulnerable groups, namely children, seniors, the disabled, and anyone without dependents when they are killed by the negligent or intentional acts of another.

BC is presently the last of all the provinces, yet to have undertaken this critical legislative modernization to allow for dignity, value, and protections for all its citizens under the law.

When it’s ‘free’ to kill in BC, wrongdoers are not held accountable. This lack of general deterrence holds the province back in terms of incentivizing innovation of safety measures and protocols to prevent wrongful deaths in the first place.

Here’s How You Can Get Involved…

The Premier of British Columbia, David Eby, is responsible for the modernization of BC’s wrongful death laws. Our Society provided David Eby with the drafted ‘Wrongful Death Accountability Act’ when he was acting as the Attorney General for British Columbia for 6 years between 2017-2022. The new Attorney General, Niki Sharma, also shares responsibility as she is the Minister responsible for the ‘Family Compensation Act’ – the current guiding piece of legislation that the civil courts must follow in cases of wrongful death. Minister Sharma receives feedback from the regional ‘Members of the Legislative Assembly’ (MLAs) and follows orders from the Premier, David Eby, who is ultimately responsible for modernization.

Reform is presently at a standstill, as the BC NDP government does not presently view access to justice for the surviving family members of the wrongfully killed as a priority in this province. This is despite the fact that the families behind our Society have been fighting for modernization for over two decades. And despite the fact that all other provinces, including the Yukon, have already modernized in most cases long ago.

The only way to move this forward is by creating massive public awareness and outcry for legislative modernization. Only under the scrutiny of the public and the media will our politicians be forced to take this necessary, and long overdue action.

How many more people will need to die from the same preventable wrongful actions before our politicians will do their job?

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