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David’s Story

Told by his son, Jeff

“My father, David Fast, was a real character with a wild sense of humour. He was a remarkable man who sadly lived with very difficult to control, brittle Type 1 Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus as well as over 10 other chronic and life-threatening conditions. Despite his poor health, my father always fought to live the best life he could. I, and my two sisters, miss him dearly.

My father died at the young age of 55 on July 27, 2013, at 11:16 PM. He suffered cardiac arrest at North Fraser Pretrial Facility and fought valiantly during his transfer to Eagle Ridge Hospital and then Royal Columbian Hospital, where he eventually lost his life. My father died from a severe case of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) that was entirely preventable. A lack of communication and an utter disregard for patient care among medical professionals, arresting officers, correctional officers, and legal authorities prevented my father from accessing insulin; his low insulin levels led to a Diabetic Vascular Disease Leg Blockage that directly contributed to his fatal heart attack.

At the time of his death, my father possessed over 20 different prescriptions due to his many psychological and physical illnesses. He was diagnosed with brittle Type 1 Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, Retinopathy, Peripheral Disease, Cardiomyopathy-IHD, Cardiovascular Disease, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Paranoid Schizophrenia, a range of personality disorders, Depression with Psychotic Features, Cognitive Impairment, Hypoxic Brain Injury, and Antisocial Personality Disorder, to name a few. My father was also deemed to have cognitive deficits consistent with dementia. Accordingly, he was labelled as an acute, chronic patient who was unable to self-manage his insulin levels or properly administer his own medications. My father’s doctors told me that he would not survive if he lived alone, on the streets, in prison, or in a shelter.

Before his arrest, my father suffered three traumas to the head as well as two strokes. The first trauma on June 19, 2012, resulted in a broken clavicle and lacerations on his face and forehead. The second trauma on June 23, 2012, caused him to lose consciousness and develop a hematoma lesion on the back of his head. The third trauma, on June 29, 2012, produced a re-broken clavicle and a minor brain injury to his frontal lobe. On October 16, 2012, my father had a major stroke that kept him in a medically-induced coma for several weeks. Each of these incidents affected my father’s ability to monitor his insulin levels, to properly care for himself, and to effectively advocate for his needs.

After his second stroke, my father recovered at Timber Creek Tertiary Care Facility (Timber Creek). The doctors there failed to officially log all of my father’s diagnoses on PharmaNet or to communicate with the doctors who provided his past diagnoses. They also wrote a prescription for my father after he left their facility on July 17, 2013. As a result, any other medical professionals who treated my father in the future would not be able to access the results of his treatment at Timber Creek.

The day of my father’s release from Timber Creek, he was sent to Langley Memorial Hospital with severe hyperglycemia. He remained there for one week before being released on July 23, 2013. Upon his release, he decided to come to Chilliwack and visit me. Unfortunately, I was unaware of his intentions.

On his way to visit me, my father was picked up by the Chilliwack RCMP and placed in a holding cell. That same day, July 25, 2013, he was transferred to North Fraser without a C-13, the form that would note any pertinent information about his well-being. This C-13, which was not delivered to North Fraser until the day after my father’s transfer, read, “unstable, lethargic, vomiting, and angry prior to transport.” My wheelchair-bound father was without his prosthetic leg, medication, insulin, and medical bracelet.

During his time at both the Chilliwack RCMP and North Fraser, my father was incontinent and thus was soaked in urine. Though I am told that he was given several new sets of clothing and opportunities to clean, he was nude in the video footage documenting the last four hours of his life. For the three days that my father was at North Fraser, he received no medicine or insulin and consumed nothing other than water and juice. Additionally, the officers at North Fraser did not refer to VISEN, the information system used by BC Corrections to inform other facilities about inmates’ various behavioural attitudes and medical conditions. Perhaps if they had accessed VISEN and learned of my father’s diagnoses, he would still be here.

When I found out that my father was incarcerated, I informed the Duty Counsel of my father’s many health conditions and needs. The Duty Counsel assured me that my father would be sent to the hospital to receive proper care. In reality, my father was put in a holding cell and not sent to the Health Care Unit, as the physician at Sentry Health asked the nurse to do. Instead, the nurse went home, and the physician called a doctor who had never treated my father, thus failing to secure my father’s relevant medical history and treatment plan.

On July 26, 2013, my father was supposed to attend Chilliwack Courthouse but he was in extreme pain, as his body was shutting down without his essential medications. My father was gulping water, complaining of extreme thirst, unable to control his bladder, vomiting, screaming, crying, pounding on his cell door, flailing his arms, and speaking to himself. He was also experiencing slurred speech, lethargy, delirium, incoherency, random and extended periods of drowsiness, and an inability to stay awake as he drifted in and out of consciousness. His leg was so purple, swollen, and poorly perfused that he was unable to stand. Yet, the paramedics were not called, and my dad was put back in the holding cell where he would have his first bout of cardiac arrest the next day.

In my father’s obituary, I stated that he died from a heart attack because that was what the coroner had said caused his death. However, a subsequent coroner’s inquest and autopsy report informed me that my father died from a severe case of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (63 mm/ol at time of death). Diabetic Ketoacidosis fit perfectly with the symptoms my father had been experiencing for the two days before his death: vomiting, dehydration, polydipsia (excessive thirst), polyuria (excessive urination), fatigue, changes in behaviour, and decreased levels of consciousness.

While trying to seek justice for the abominable treatment my father received in our legal and medical systems, I was stalled. Firstly, I was almost unable to receive a proper autopsy for my father. When I called to request one, I was told that my father was about to be cremated—without my knowledge or consent. Secondly, the BC Ministry of Attorney General confirmed my belief that the North Fraser recording system had only captured the last four hours of my father’s three-day confinement. I received conflicting explanations as to why there was not further footage; I was told both that the rest of the film had been taped over and that the system had crashed, only to be restored for the final four hours of my father’s life. The Chief Coroner of British Columbia admitted that my father’s coroner had failed to secure the video recordings in a timely fashion and that these video recordings would have undoubtedly assisted in determining the circumstances surrounding my father’s death. Thirdly, the day that the Chilliwack RCMP picked up my father, there was video footage of him speaking to the RCMP officers. The video did not have any audio, but the Chilliwack RCMP rejected my request to conduct a forensic examination for the purpose of discovering what my father was disclosing.

Furthermore, the coroner stated that my father’s third traumatic brain injury was accidental, though the medical records said differently. I found out after the fact that his injury was caused by a robbery and assault. The head trauma he received in this attack was an underlying cause of his major stroke, which exacerbated his inability to surmise his insulin levels and live alone.

After my father’s death, the Coroner’s Office made several recommendations to Correctional Facilities about health care, due process, and protecting medically- and psychologically- vulnerable individuals. And while I am glad that “apparently” future inmates will not experience the same traumas my father did, I still believe that more should be done to avenge what essentially amounted to be my Dad’s death.

I came to learn that since my father had no income or dependents, his life had little to no value under BC provincial legislation that deals with wrongful deaths. He was a very vulnerable human being with numerous medical conditions, who was essentially medically and nutritionally neglected to death. He was wrongfully killed, but there is little to no recourse for me or our family under BC law. The full measure of justice that would be afforded to our family in other jurisdictions in the developed world is not available here in British Columbia, and there is little to no accountability for my Dad’s death.

I connected with The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society because I know my father’s story needs to be told. I hope one day these laws will change from protecting the wrongdoers to protecting the victims. Maybe then we will be able to put an end to all this and gain justice for my father.”

Media Coverage

BC Government news release: Inquest announced into death of David Edwin Fast


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.

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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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Unlike other Canadian provinces, BC has not made any significant amendments to its wrongful death legislation—ever. The current BC Family Compensation Act only values the lives of income-earners. This neglect must stop. Petitioning your local MLA, the Attorney General, and Premier with our automated tool can make a lasting difference to the lives of British Columbians for generations to come.

Dear Local MLA, Attorney General Niki Sharma, Premier David Eby, Minister of Health Adrian Dix, Minister of Public Safety & Solicitor General Mike Farnworth,

I am writing to you about the preventable death of 55-year-old David Fast and British Columbia’s woefully outdated wrongful death laws; which are still based on colonial-era legislation from 1846.

BC’s current Family Compensation Act only takes into account the direct financial losses resulting from the wrongful death of a loved one. As a result, only the families of deceased breadwinners see the inside of a courtroom in cases of wrongful death.

Children, seniors, people with disabilities, or anyone who does not meet the discriminatory criteria of having both an income and dependents are classes of people whose lives are not valued or respected when they are killed in BC.

This is a human rights issue.

Investigations into the wrongful death of these classes of citizens most often do not occur because there is no ‘loss of earnings’ to cover civil trial costs.

Accordingly, families have been denied the ability to right the wrong and ensure that the same preventable actions which resulted in the wrongful death would not happen to another.

Unlike other provinces in Canada, which in most cases have modernized long ago, many of your constituents are considered “worthless” under the discriminatory law in British Columbia.

David Fast, who was a Type 1 Diabetic, sadly, is one of these cases where no accountability can be brought against wrongdoers who both contributed and stood aside and let him die while in police custody. His story can be read here –

The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society is comprised of families who have been fighting for over two decades to see our laws modernized. They have drafted legislation that can solve this problem now.

These families, based on each individual personal experience of loss, have demanded that the legislation include the following tenets:

#1 The value of human life must not be based merely on whether the wrongfully killed was a breadwinner with dependants. There must be a legal recognition for the value of each life and the loss of love, guidance, care, companionship, and affection wrongfully taken from surviving family members.

#2 The value of human life must not be arbitrarily capped by legislation. Damages for the loss of life must be assessed individually by constitutionally independent superior courts, in recognition of the distinct relationship that existed between each of the surviving family members and the wrongfully killed loved one.

#3 All forms of non-pecuniary damages, including aggravated and punitive damages must be available under the legislation to be awarded in appropriate cases. Financial penalty assessed by a civil court when a wrongdoer maliciously, or recklessly kills another person is essential when criminal prosecution is not pursued or fails. General deterrence of future wrongdoing is an important objective.

#4 If an individual is not initially killed by a wrongful act, but later dies before the conclusion of litigation, this should not be a windfall for the wrongdoer. There should not be a perverse incentive for the wrongdoer to delay, or prolong litigation. Damages relating to conscious pain, suffering, and disability during the period between the wrong and the decedent’s death, including damages for loss of expectation of life, pain and suffering, physical disfigurement, or loss of amenities must remain available under the legislation.

#5 Families deserve the right to have their day in court with the ability to obtain professional legal representation on a contingency basis. No other piece of legislation in the province should bar the pursuit of an at-fault wrongful death claim against a negligent party. The contingency fee system does not discriminate socioeconomically, and it ensures the family can obtain the best representation necessary to obtain truth, justice, and accountability against a wrongdoer, no matter how big and powerful that wrongdoer might be. Families also deserve the right to have the case decided by a jury of their peers. This fundamental aspect of our democracy must be preserved.

What will you do to create a fair and adequate wrongful death law in BC?

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