Our Covid-19 Safety Plan

We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of the people in our firm, our clients and our co-workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Here are the steps we are taking to protect our common safety and wellbeing. Please check this page from time to time for updates to Ethos Law Group LLP’s Covid-19 Safety…

Court affirms public health focus of supervised drug consumption legislation

We’re proud to have joined forces with Pivot Legal Society to represent the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition in its intervention in Chinatown and Area Business Association v. Attorney General of Canada, 2019 FC 236. The Business Association sought judicial review of exemptions from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act granted by Canada’s Minister of Health in respect of…

Tribunal’s interpretation of Workers Compensation Act “fundamentally inconsistent” with the purpose of the legislation

In Bendera v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, 2018 BCSC 552 the Supreme Court of British Columbia set aside a Tribunal decision denying a workers’ compensation claim for PTSD, finding that the decision was undermined by an “absurd” interpretation of the Workers Compensation Act. In 2013, the Tribunal had found that the worker’s PTSD was caused by coercive and threatening…

Wow, what an honour!

Ethos is proud that Monique Pongracic-Speier was among the 27 lawyers appointed as Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of British Columbia today.  The Queen’s Counsel designation is an honorary title conferred on the members of the legal profession who are nominated by their peers, as individuals who are “learned in the law for the Province of…

SCC finds in favour of workers with cancer but upholds limits on WCAT’s ability to reconsider its decisions

In British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal) v. Fraser Health Authority, 2016 SCC 25, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that breast cancers experienced by a group of hospital lab workers were occupational diseases.  Overturning the decisions of the B.C. courts, the Supreme Court of Canada restored the Tribunal’s decision on causation. The Court held that the Tribunal…

Jury at Coroner’s Inquest urges police and government action to avoid future deaths

The jury sitting at the Inquest into the death of Lisa Cheryl Dudley issued a set of strong recommendations to presiding Coroner Brynne Redford yesterday.  Most of the recommendations are aimed at improving police responses to reports  of “shots fired” and other events that may involve grievous injury.   Other recommendations are aimed at improving the ability…