It seems straightforward: you get a job and expect paid vacation to go along with it. But the rules and the law around vacation and vacation pay can be among the most confusing aspects of employment.

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No one wants to be in debt. But there are times, especially when jobs are scarce and the economy is shaky, when your income simply isn’t enough to cover all of your expenses. During tough periods, it is sometimes necessary to determine which bills must be paid now and which bills can wait. Shelter and food are clearly top priorities while other debts or bills may have to be put aside until your financial situation improves.

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Effective August 2, 2016, an additional property transfer tax applies to residential property transfers to foreign entities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

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Some BIG NEWS Regarding the Property Transfer Tax!

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On February 1, 2016 Christine Seah joined DBM as a Case Manager in our Personal Injury practice. Christine has many years of experience and brings the ability to communicate with clients in both Cantonese and Mandarin. If you would like to speak to her, please contact her by email at cseah (at) dbmlaw (dot) ca or call her at 604 937-6457.

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In Vahman v Cutt et al., 2015 BCSC 298, Mr. Vahman was travelling west on 23rd Avenue in North Vancouver intending to turn left into the parking lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He was stopped in a designated left turn lane waiting to turn into the parking lot. Meanwhile, Mr. Smith was travelling eastbound in the curb lane of 23rd Avenue toward Mr. Vahman’s vehicle. Traffic in the center lane of 23rd Avenue had stopped due to traffic congestion, but had left a gap so as to not block access to the KFC parking lot entrance. The motorist who had left the gap gestured to Mr. Vahman to turn in front of him. Mr. Vahman, relying on that gesture, proceeded to turn left through the gap into the parking lot. The Vahman vehicle “popped out” between the vehicles lined up directly in front of Mr. Smith but he was unable to avoid the ensuing collision.

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You can probably recall a time where you were waiting to turn left, across oncoming traffic, to either enter a parking lot or another street. Sometimes, your view is obstructed and another motorist “waves” or “gestures” for you to go ahead. The Courts have been clear…MORE

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Calculate Property Transfer Tax and GST on property purchases quickly and easily with the free DBM free TaxApp. Download the app to your smartphone or launch the App directly from the website HERE.

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In the BC Provincial Budget of February 18, 2014, the amounts for the First Time Home Buyers exemption have been increased as of February 19. For more details, click here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=BBD16E2D7C1841A7BBD420E3AC5380F1

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DBM is hosting an opening party at the new Sechelt location on Friday, May 3 from 4 – 6 pm. The address is Suite 106, 5674 Teredo St., Sechelt, BC. Please call reception at 604.939.8321 or 604.885.7779 if you are planning to attend, and then drop by and meet some of our lawyers!

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Drysdale Bacon McStravick recently teamed up with a local Vancouver developer to create the DBM TaxApp for Google Android and iPhone.

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Recently DBM partner  represented a client who was injured in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in soft tissue damage around the plaintiff’s spine and neck. The injury occurred on May 23, 2008, while the plaintiff, Mr. Jackson, was driving his work vehicle. The accident was the result of another vehicle rapidly veering from the center southbound lane and into the lane in which Jackson was traveling. The injuries suffered by the plaintiff rendered him incapable of carrying out the duties required of his profession (plumbing), forcing him to seek another vocation. In addition, Jackson’s continuing pain had resulted in insomnia, depression, and limited his ability to participate in the activities that he once enjoyed.

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In 2009, a DBM client was the victim of soft-tissue injuries to her neck and upper back following the rear-ending of a vehicle that she was riding in as a passenger. In addition to suffering considerable pain, she required accommodation at her job, was precluded from participating in sports and social events that she formerly enjoyed and is now unsuited for many occupations. A key issue in the case concerned photos posted to her Facebook page. These photos were taken during a trip to Las Vegas that she went on with friends well after the accident. ICBC’s argument was that the photos undermined her credibility on the damages issue.

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DBM is pleased to announce the third of a recent series of victories against ICBC appeals of the firm’s successes in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. While many law firms farm out their appellate work to outside counsel, DBM is content to rely on the expertise of its own litigators in handling appeals brought against it by ICBC.

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Drysdale Bacon McStravick is pleased to announce that effective March 31st, 2010, Laura Holland will be joining our team as Senior Real Estate Counsel. Laura has over 14 years of experience, focusing on residential real estate and related services including:

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Drysdale Bacon McStravick is pleased to announce that effective June 9, 2009 Harmonie Roesch-West joined the DBM team as a litigation associate focusing on personal injury and general litigation files.  Harmonie’s business background and experience interning with the New Brunswick Court of Appeal are welcome additions to our ever-growing litigation skill sets.

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DBM has launched two new blogs focussed on personal injury law in both Coquitlam and Langley. Please visit the blogs for up to date information on cases and the law applicable to these areas:

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 and  joined Gordon Hilliker, Q.C. in representing 18 year old Jeffrey Rimmer who suffered permanent irreversible brain damage when the car he was driving crashed into logs after hitting flood waters on the east side of the Salmon River Bridge in Langley Township. The case is significant because it confirms that townships and municipalities have a duty of care to motorists using the roadways and that duty extends to taking reasonable steps to prevent injury to users of roads by reason of hazardous conditions like flooding due to storm events.

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In Rimmer (Guardian ad litem of) v. Langley (Township) 2007 BCCA 350, Langley Township appealed the trial judge’€™s ruling on its liability in the Rimmer case but failed to convince BC’€™s Court of Appeal that it should disturb the trial judge’€™s findings. To read the Court of Appeal’€™s full decision click here.

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