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Replay of the Tuff City Radio Live Interview With MLA Mike de Jong, Ann Forry, In Their Name President Michael-James Pennie

On February 1, 2021 our Society appeared for an interview with BC Opposition Attorney General Critic Mike de Jong, Ann Forry (Natasha’s Mom), and BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society President, Michael-James Pennie. Tuff City Radio that broadcasts locally in Tofino, BC and streams online worldwide. This indie radio station isn’t beholden to the corporate interests of the mainstream media and government. They conduct hard hitting investigative journalistic interviews with contrarian guests and they don’t pull any punches. Expect the gloves to come off with the questions asked and nothing to be left on the table. Enjoy!

(interview commences just after the 4:30 mark)

 

Resources Mentioned in the Interview:

Petition Your MLA

MLA Meeting Kit

How ICBC No-Fault Fails British Columbians in Cases Wrongful Death and Continues to Allow Wrongdoers to Escape Accountability

Wrongful Death Facts & Arguments

Wrongful Death Proposed Legislation in BC

Frequently Asked Questions

 


About the BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society

‘In Their Name’ is the campaign of the ‘BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’ – an organization comprised of 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, 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 careless or intentional acts of another.

BC is presently the last of all the provinces, including the Yukon, 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 innovation of safety measures and protocols to prevent wrongful deaths in the first place.


Here’s How You Can Get Involved…

The Attorney General of British Columbia, David Eby, is the Minister responsible for the ‘Family Compensation Act’ – the guiding piece of legislation that the civil courts must follow in cases of wrongful death. Minister Eby receives feedback from the regional ‘Members of the Legislative Assembly’ (MLAs) and follows orders from the Premier, John Horgan.

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 media and the public 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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