What do you mean I’m not covered by ICBC?

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Remember all those cars torched and overturned in the Vancouver riots this past summer?  Only those owners with the right optional coverage could make a claim to an insurance company for the damage to their vehicles.  Basic coverage by ICBC would not be enough.  Without the optional coverage, an owner would have to identify the […]

What happens if I back out of buying a house?

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Buying a new home is an exciting experience. It can also be overwhelming. What happens if you have rushed into it and later decide that you don’t want to follow through? If you have already removed the ‘subject clauses’ from your contract, for example, your contract was subject to a home inspection or financing, then […]

What exactly does an “executor” do?

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When someone close to us passes away, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the loss and by all the details of managing their affairs. Some issues that demand attention right away include funeral arrangements, contacting family and locating the Will. Locating the Will is important as it may contain funeral wishes and it appoints […]

First Time Home Buyers: New Property Transfer Tax Declarations

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When the province announced the new First Time New Home Buyers Rebate associated with the HST rebates, they tightened the definition of “First Time Home Buyer.” This tighter definition indicates that the government is looking more closely at (ie; auditing) who is a “first time” home buyer. This higher degree of oversight is also supported […]

I’m sorry I hurt your stupid feelings!

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“I’m sorry I hurt your stupid feelings!” This is not an apology.  Neither is “I’m sorry if anyone was offended by my remarks.” It implies no regret for the act; only the reaction to it.  Any version of “I’m sorry but…” is not much of an apology.  The “but” erases whatever came before it.  “I’m sorry […]

Love thy Noisy Neighbour?

On , In Mediation & Arbitration

It’s a late Sunday night. Everyone has retired for the night in preparation for another long work week. Well, almost everyone. Your downstairs neighbour has decided to have a Sunday night dance party in his living room. The sound of the bass reverberates through the walls and right into your bedroom. It’s a party to […]

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas…or Does It?

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Well, not always – and a Kelowna-area woman found that out the hard way. What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas? While vacationing with her family in Las Vegas, Palm Springs and the Caribbean, a number of photos were taken of the young lady engaging in the type […]

Employees: Too Ugly to Hire, or a Must Fire?

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Human rights and discrimination in Canada have come a long way. The BC Human Rights Code states that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee or prospective employee because of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, or a criminal conviction that is […]