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Logan’s Story

Told by his father, Terry

“On September 10, 2016, my son Logan passed away as a result of a motor vehicle accident caused by an impaired driver.

Logan was a Grade 12 honours student at Dawson Creek Secondary, a well-liked young man starting the rest of his life and preparing for a career in engineering.

That day, the car Logan was riding in near Dawson Creek rolled into a ditch along the road. He suffered from injuries and passed away three hours later in the hospital. There were also three other children in the vehicle who were also injured.

The driver was intoxicated and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

There is no justification for driving while impaired.

Over the years, Logan’s case made little progress through our court system. Our opinion— shared by many—is that the so-called justice was not only a joke but more of an insult.

To this date, the driver has not been without driving privileges nor spent any time in jail. The court has not passed down sentencing as of yet and we just sit and wait every day for action.

The only response from ICBC was that my son has no value to them and expenses incurred would not be re-reimbursed over $2,500 for funeral costs, which in actuality for our family ended up amounting to over $20,000. I found this appalling.

ICBC cannot be sued in the event of wrongful death, unlike every other province where there is compensation for damages under the law. If you have someone who has no financial dependents, then ICBC does not put a value on your loss of life.

I did an interview in the local paper several times voicing my disappointment in the system. It needs to be changed.

Until you lose someone, and wrongfully, with no access to justice, you don’t know what we go through.

My family has done a considerable amount of family counselling as a result of losing our son. My wife had to close her in-home day care business for a year, and I did take some time from work as did my daughter.

We have been unjustly deprived of the opportunity to see our son continue to grow up into the amazing young man that he was becoming. We will never receive his companionship, love, affection, and all of life’s shared special moments. They have been forever taken from us.

Logan’s memory is shared by many people. His reputation as a kind and caring young man will be forever evident. His willingness to put others’ needs before his own will live with us forever. His close friends are still very much shocked by his passing and the way the court system represented him.

Our court system insulted our family. The idea that our children have no value is absurd. The law, which is supposed to protect us, did the complete opposite.

We as a society have failed if we accept our current rules. We deserve better than this. Why is it that the people who make the rules are not listening? We have a right to be heard, and they have an obligation to listen and take action.

It was only when I joined the BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’s calls for legislative modernization did I learn that it has been ICBC all along, who have been blocking this reform behind the scenes. At least one politician has gone on record to expose this.

Our government only looks at this from a financial point of view. It is clear that they don’t see or care about the people who are left damaged.

If Logan were here today, he would be pushing me to take action in what I believe. His advice would be to never stop fighting for what is right. If people want to see who Logan really was, I invite them to join his Facebook page, In Loving Memory of Logan Power.

It would not be difficult to see just how special and vibrant a future this young man would have had.”

Media Coverage

Dawson Creek Mirror – Tragedy strikes at Dawson Creek Secondary

Dawson Creek Mirror – B.C.’s wrongful death laws turn grieving father into advocate for reform

Prince George Citizen – No compensation for family of teen killed in crash

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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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 David Eby, Premier John Horgan, Minister of Health Adrian Dix, Minister of Public Safety & Solicitor General Mike Farnworth,

I am writing to you about the preventable death of 17-year-old Logan Power 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.

Logan Power, sadly, is one of these cases where there is no accountability against the impaired driver responsible for his loss of life, or compensation available to the surviving family members. 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.

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

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