The fight for a fair wrongful death law has generated considerable media attention in British Columbia. All major news sources, including CBC, CTV, Global, CKNW, the Vancouver Sun, and the Province have reported on the campaign, as well as local media throughout the province.
This news archive provides a history of the campaign. It demonstrates the need for a wrongful death law in BC that is just and equal—that is accessible to all British Columbians.
The Union of BC Municipalities has passed a motion to recommend to the province that our wrongful death laws be modernized so as to provide a foundation of “worth” under the law for everyone in the province of BC.
A foundation of “worth” or “value” of human life would allow for access to justice, accountability to wrongdoers, and for us to prevent future wrongful deaths in the first place through financial deterrence.
Vancouver cyclist Gary Kalmek suffered a broken leg, a broken arm and three broken ribs when he was hit by a car while riding his bike at Main Street and 15th Avenue in Vancouver in early June.
After undergoing multiple surgeries and spending a week in hospital, the 38-year-old library tech assumed he would be compensated for pain and suffering, but under the province’s new “no fault” model, which came into effect on May 1, most accident victims can no longer sue the offending driver and ICBC.