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Vancouver 24 Hours: Wrongful death law questioned after Pickton fund

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.

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BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society

Vancouver Sun: Pickton settlement puts B.C.’s inadequate wrongful death law in the spotlight

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.

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