A summary of select cases handled by the firm: 

Inquest into the death of Brandon Juhani Jansen (BC Coroner's Service)

Photo courtesy of Sunshine Coast Health Centre

Photo courtesy of Sunshine Coast Health Centre

The firm represented a party at the BC Coroner's Service Inquest into the death of Brandon Juhani Jansen, which examined drug policies, treatment options, and the ongoing fentanyl-overdose crisis. The Coroner's jury made 21 recommendations directed at the Province of BC, the health authorities, and several professional colleges.  

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British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority v. Boon et al. (BCSC)

The firm acted for a defendant in an action brought by BC Hydro against individuals opposed to the controversial Site C Dam project, currently under construction on the Peace River in northeast British Columbia. In February, 2016, BC Hydro brought an injunction seeking to enjoin members of the public from occupying areas necessary for clearing trees. The project is being opposed on the basis of economic and environmental grounds and First Nations' treaty rights.  

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Pinnacle Gaming Solutions Inc. v. BC Lottery Corporation et al. (BCSC)

The firm acts for a casino and gaming developer in a claim for damages against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the Province of British Columbia (Minister of Finance). 

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Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC v. Dutton et al. (BCSC)

Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer

Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer

The firm acted for defendants in a lawsuit and injunction application brought by Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, a Canadian subsidiary of international oil company Kinder Morgan. The oil company sought to conduct drilling work on protected Burnaby Mountain, which lead to peaceful protests involving hundreds of people including students, professors, indigenous leaders and other concerned community members. The oil company discontinued the lawsuit in January, 2015 and agreed to pay legal costs. 

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Johnstone v. The Minister of Justice (BCSC)

The firm acted for the plaintiff in a claim against the RCMP (Minister of Justice) alleging police officers negligently permitted an international child abduction to occur. The case was covered by CBC's national news segment Go Public. 

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Trans Mountain Expansion Project (Nat. Energy Board)

The firm represented a Burnaby residents' group that had intervenor status at the National Energy Board's public hearings into the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). The TMEP is a proposal by Kinder Morgan to build a pipeline from Edmonton, AB to Burnaby, BC. It is being opposed by a number of municipalities, First Nations and residents' groups. The National Energy Board held hearings into the proposal from April, 2014 to February, 2016.

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Inquest into the death of Lucîa Vega Jiménez (BC Coroner's Service)

The firm represented the BC Civil Liberties Association as an intervenor at the BC Coroner's Inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez, who died while in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency in holding cells at Vancouver International Airport. 

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Wrongful Death Claims - Missing and Murdered Women (BCSC)

Photo by Carmine Marinelli, 24 Hours

Photo by Carmine Marinelli, 24 Hours

The firm represents a number of men and women whose mothers were victims of convicted serial murderer Robert W. Pickton. Civil claims against the municipal, provincial and federal governments were resolved out of court in mid-2014, while claims against certain named defendants are ongoing. 

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Civil Claims Against Police

The firm represents or has successfully represented numerous clients who have suffered damages as a result of various altercations or interactions with police. These claims typically involve physical and psychological injuries as well as economic loss and Charter damages, and are usually brought in conjunction with complaints to the Police Complaint Commissioner or Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP. 

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Pine Free Clinic - Complaint to BC Ombudsperson

The firm represents a number of youth who are patients of the Pine Free Clinic, Vancouver's only youth-focussed drop-in health clinic, in a complaint to the BC Ombudsperson's office about communications issued by Vancouver Coastal Health. The health authority has recently decided to shut down the clinic after decades of service to the community.