I have always been a strong advocate for auto accident victims. In 2004, the Alberta government was considering implementing a “cap” on damages for “minor injuries.” Out of concern for victims, I wrote to then Finance Minister Patricia Nelson about some concerns I had about the cap. Patricia Nelson responded stating the cap would only apply to “pain and suffering for minor injuries” and “minor injuries that heal relatively quickly.” The legislation was overturned by the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench but the Queen’s Bench decision was overturned by the Alberta Court of Appeal. Leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada was denied. Since then, I have fought many cases against insurance companies who argued injuries like chronic pain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction is subject to the cap. See the letter from Finance Minister Patricia Nelson here.
In 2014 I represented a group of citizens from Leduc who were concerned that Multi-Chem, a division of Haliburton, was going to build a chemical blending facility near their community. The County of Leduc was considering the application of Multi-Chem for a permit to build the facility. Multi-Chem retained a large notable Calgary law firm to advocate on its behalf. The community managed to delay the granting of the permit until Leduc County Council gave some thoughtful consideration to the matter. After several County Council hearings, the Council decided to unanimously deny Multi-Chem’s permit to build the facility. It was a true David vs. Goliath fight, but in the end, the citizens won!
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2016 – Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED)
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