November 23, 2015 British Columbia, Law Reform, Wrongful Death
The Verdict: “As each family would soon learn, families seeking justice in honour of their deceased loved ones were in essence prohibited from pursuing justice, unless their dead family members were breadwinners…”
April 29, 2014 Law Reform, Negligence, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Death in the Media
The family of a 28-year-old Mexican woman killed while tandem hang-gliding is suing the instructor who was given five months in jail for causing her death, as well as the sport’s governing associations.
March 23, 2014 British Columbia, Law Reform, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Death in the Media
Lawyers are calling on B.C. to reform its wrongful death laws in the wake of a new $50,000 fund established for each child of missing and murdered women, including Robert Pickton’s victims.
While several family members decried the Tuesday announcement as “pennies,” undervaluing their lost loved ones, the figure is the maximum available under the current Family Compensation Act.
March 20, 2014 British Columbia, Law Reform, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Death in the Media
As the result of an archaic law imported from Britain, [Catherine] Adamson and other B.C. families are left with little legal recourse in the face of a loved one’s wrongful death.
March 16, 2014 British Columbia, Law Reform, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Death in the Media
Imagine a child being told their murdered mom was worth only $50,000.
News that some of the families of serial killer Robert Pickton’s victims had settled their lawsuit with Victoria focuses attention once again on B.C.’s inadequate wrongful death law.
The province’s archaic legislation governing the compensation for the loss of loved ones due to other people’s wrongful conduct perpetuates a long-standing injustice.