Improving Access to Justice will Depend on Properly Funding Legal Aid

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There is a growing concern within our society and the legal profession over the increasing inability of average Canadians to access the justice system.  Improving access to justice will require innovations in a variety of areas, but an essential pillar of this will be the legal aid program funded largely by the Province, with limited…


Jury Duty: Can I get out?

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I just recently finished a 2-week trial. This time the trial was judge alone. However, in the not too distant past, I had a 3-week jury trial. Jury trials and judge-alone trials are vastly different. In general, with some exceptions, any party to an action can elect to have a jury in a civil matter. […]


Letters to Santa: An Innocent Christmas Tradition or a Legally Binding Contract

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My daughter writes letters to Santa every year outlining her wishes, desires and relentless reiterations of how good she has been this year, in the hopes that her good behaviour will be rewarded with a pile of presents under the tree on Christmas morning. The other day, she received a reply from Santa, sent straight […]


David H. Pihl, Q.C., appointed to roster of civil mediators

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Pihl Law Corporation is proud to announce that Mr. David H. Pihl, Q.C., has been appointed as a qualified civil mediator to Mediate BC Society’s Roster of Civil Mediators. A well-trained, knowledgeable mediator can be an integral part in settling disputes quickly and inexpensively, and Mr. Pihl is pleased to expand his existing successful law […]


TELUS Community Board Donation to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs

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TELUS Community Board members Sean Pihl and Al Tiller are seen presenting a cheque for $6,000 to the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, a donation from the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board. The funding is aimed at the organization’s Youth Leadership and Empowerment program and will help to ensure that youth in the Okanagan have […]


TELUS Kelowna & District Safety Council Donation

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Pictured, from left, Kelowna & District Safety Council board members Ken Taylor, KDSC executive director Tania Meyer, along with TELUS Community Board members Sean Pihl and Al Tiller are seen presenting a cheque for $5,000, a donation to the Kelowna & District Safety Council from the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board. The funding will go…