Barristers & Solicitors:
James M. Poyner, Kenneth J. Baxter, Errin A. Poyner
For Immediate Release
Shaw Cablesystems sued for disclosure violation
(VANCOUVER, B.C., 4 February, 2011) - A class action lawsuit filed in the Federal Court of
Canada against Calgary-based Shaw Cablesystems G.P. alleges an illegal practice with respect to
the disclosure of interest charges on overdue accounts.
The suit was filed January 31, 2011 by the law firm of Poyner Baxter LLP of North Vancouver,
alleging a violation of the federal Interest Act. Such a suit is typically brought in the name of one or
more individuals as “representative of a class,” and, if successful, would apply to all charges
imposed by Shaw on overdue accounts during the past six years pursuant to the Statute of
"Shaw's practice of charging an interest penalty on overdue accounts is neither uncommon nor
illegal, nor is the rate of two per cent," said lawyer Jim Poyner. "However, the Interest Act
specifically requires that the annualized rate be fully disclosed to consumers which, in this case, istwo percent compounded monthly, effectively 26.8 per cent per annum. If not disclosed, the law is
very clear: the maximum rate that can be charged is five per cent per annum."
Most firms comply with the law by clearly stating all penalties on their statements. Others
provide direct links to specific information on their web sites. "No such information or direction
exists on the Shaw statements. If one mines down deeply enough on the Shaw web site, the
information can be found, but those who can find it deserve a prize," Poyner said.
Shaw provides cable services in multiple locations throughout Canada, principally from Thunder
Bay and Sault St. Marie west, and dominantly in British Columbia and Alberta.
The Statement of Claim filed in the Federal Court cites "egregious conduct" and seeks a refund,
interest and costs on behalf of all Shaw customers who paid overdue penalties during the past six
The complete text of the Statement of Claim can be found at www.poynerbaxter.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Poyner Baxter, Suite 408 - 145 Chadwick Court North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 3K1
Tel: 604.988 6321 Fax: 604.988 3632 e-mail: email@example.com
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Wine recalls a notorious chapter of Moose Jaw history
River Street Red, made with 100 percent Okanagan Valley cabernet sauvignon grapes, was produced by Bounty Cellars for a client who wanted to be part of the fun as Saskatchewan and, specifically, Moose Jaw, turn a wild and woolly era of history into a major tourist attraction.
Bounty Cellars CEO Ron Pennington (left) presents a bottle of RIVER STREET RED to artist Kerry Waghorn,
who created the original Capone caricature for the label. The
presentation was at Le Bistro Chez Michel in North Vancouver. The
proprietor, prominent restaurateur Philippe Segur (right) hosted the event.
"We got rather wrapped up in this fun too, and decided an eye-catching label was essential," said Bounty Cellars President and CEO Ron Pennington. "We commissioned Kerry Waghorn to create one of his inimitable caricatures, this time Al Capone. The label design with bricks and bullet holes, was done by our graphic designer Sandy Magee of Kelowna, and his company Redsand Creative."
Several of Canada's great family fortunes had their roots in a distillery industry made prosperous during U.S. prohibition. This infamous chapter in the history of Moose Jaw has now become a high profile tourist attraction. The city earned the nickname "Little Chicago" because of its River Street neighbourhood. The area's most prominent import, the owner of several local businesses, was Chicago mobster Al Capone.
Capone was the United States' most infamous Mafia leader during prohibition. Canada became a prime source of legally produced alcohol products, which were then illegally smuggled into the U.S. and sold in speakeasies and other outlets. Al Capone protected his source of distilled spirits by investing in a number of establishments along Moose Jaw's notorious River Street. In fact, the infamous New York gangster Dutch Schultz once sued Capone in a Saskatchewan court over a shipment of 60 cases of bad liquor. In a rare civilized resolution to a Mafia dispute, the lawsuit was withdrawn after Capone repaid Schultz. Speakeasies and entertainment offerings flourished along River Street, many of them owned by Capone and associates.
Bounty Cellars forms a strategic alliance with the
spectacular new Sparkling Hill Resort
Client Bounty Cellars and BANNERLINE will jointly
work with Sparkling Hill Resort and its visionary CEO Hans-Peter
Mayr in the pursuit of business development. Bounty will focus on
links with regional business, the provincial government, the wine
industry and the creation, with the resort principals, of unique
signature wine products. The BANNERLINE role will be networking
within the broader hospitality industry and communications
For Immediate Release
(KELOWNA, B.C. - 17 August, 2010) -
Ron Pennington, President and CEO of The Bounty Management Group
Inc., is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Sparkling
Hill Wellness Hotel Ltd., operators of the spectacular Sparkling
Hill Resort near Vernon, B.C, above Predator Ridge.
"This is a relationship for us that
has been more a matter of evolution than negotiation," Pennington
said. "I became so inspired by the vision of Hans-Peter Mayr and his
associates as this resort developed, we found ourselves not just
becoming professional friends, but the Bounty Group was able to
provide counsel about all things Okanagan and British Columbia."
ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS APPOINTS STEVE HALLIDAY AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA
DALLAS, TX (May 26, 2010) – Rosewood
Hotels & Resorts, a premier manager of ultra-luxury properties
throughout the world, is pleased to announce the appointment of
Steve Halliday as Managing Director of Rosewood Hotel Georgia in
Vancouver, B.C., Canada which is scheduled to open in early 2011.
The hotel, currently undergoing a full restoration, originally
opened in 1927 and now aspires to be Vancouver’s most elegant hotel,
emphasizing its distinguished history. Mr. Halliday will oversee all
areas of the hotel, which is being developed by Hotel Georgia
Development Ltd, which is part of the Delta Group.
With four decades of experience and
success in the management of luxury hotel operations, Halliday joins
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following his most recent position as founder
and president of Halliday Hospitality Group, which worked directly with
Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts to develop new hotels for the company.
Prior to that, he spent 26 years in senior positions within the Pan
Pacific Hotels Group, in Canada, the United States and Singapore. His
name is synonymous with the internationally renowned Pan Pacific
Vancouver, which he opened in 1986 as a centrepiece of Expo 86, the
Vancouver World’s Fair. He returned to the hotel 10-years ago as Vice
President and General Manager, in addition to executive responsibilities
related to North American business development. Now, Halliday will
manage Rosewood’s newest addition and second Canadian property to its
already outstanding collection of notable properties.
Welcome Bounty Cellars
Bounty Cellars' founders
Ron Pennington and Wade Rains
Gary Bannerman writes
has been a privilege of mine during a long media career to have met,
interviewed and/or dined with some of the legendary names in the
world of wine: Hugh Johnson, Robert Mondavi, Leon Adams, Alexis
Lichine, Paul Bouchard, Brother Timothy of Napa, the Baroness
Rothschild and many others. A few became great personal friends,
such as the late Leigh Knowles Jr., the former Glen Miller orchestra
member who managed the distinguished Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) of Napa
Valley, and Robert N. Lindeman, a direct descendant of the founder
of the Australian wine industry who had been honoured world-wide,
including a special award presented by the President of France.
Through these contacts, travel and some investment, I
have also had an opportunity to taste at least one vintage of just
about all of the world's greatest wines, and obtained case lots of a
few of them.
It goes beyond the word "admiration" (astonishment would be more
accurate) to describe how I view the courage and persistence of
Harry McWatters, Tony von Mandl, Dr. Joe Peller and hundreds of
smaller players who have metamorphosed British Columbia's Okanagan
into a prime wine growing region.
I was at a
business associate's private party early in 2005 and discovered an
amiable chap in the corner pouring glasses of red and white wines. I
grabbed a glass of red and carried on to my next conversation. My
friend was in mid-sentence when I took the first sip of wine,
blurting out "wow," the factor that means the most to me - the very
rare wine that commands attention. This was my first taste of Bounty
Merlot. Merlot is the workhorse varietal that is the winemakers'
blending dream world-wide, but which is otherwise the ultimate vin
ordinaire, rarely better than mediocre. Occasionally, such as in the
State of Washington, the merlot rises to greatness.
Barristers & Solicitors:
James M. Poyner, Kenneth J. Baxter, Patrick J. Poyner, Errin A. Poyner
For Immediate Release
Lawsuit claims British Airways guilty of
illegal, deliberately deceptive pricing
(VANCOUVER, B.C.,14 May, 2010) - A class action lawsuit filed here against British Airways PLC (“BA”) characterizes false “taxes” added on to advertised air fares, a practice commonplace in the aviation industry, as "high-handed, reprehensible and deserving of condemnation and punishment."
The suit was filed in April 2010, by the law firm of Poyner Baxter LLP of North Vancouver under B.C.’s “Class Proceedings Act.” Such a suit is typically brought in the name of one or more individuals as “representative of a class,” and, if successful, would apply to B.C. sales of BA tickets in which these so-called "taxes" have been charged.
Read the whole release here
BANNERLINE welcomes Bayshore Home Health
1, 2010 - BANNERLINE has been retained by the Vancouver area office
of Bayshore Home Health to assist in developing communications and
business development strategies. The Vancouver office is responsible
for much of Greater Vancouver and all areas of B.C. that do not have
a local Bayshore home care office.
Bayshore has been enhancing the quality of life,
dignity and independence of Canadians in their homes since 1966, and
now has 50 home care offices and 20 community care clinics. The
company has earned the internationally-respected ISO 9001
certification and it is one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies,
designated by Deloitte, CIBC Commercial Banking, the National Post,
and Queen's School of Business, a mark of excellence for
Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million.
A Watering Revolution
for Planters & Hanging Baskets
April 20, 2010 - Among those who are excited
about the Basket Booster is internationally renowned horticulturist
Brian Minter. "When I saw this, I was absolutely blown away. It is
so easy, so simple, we should have thought of it before."
Another iconic name in the Canadian gardening
industry, former British Columbia Premier Bill Vander Zalm,
participated in the testing as the product was developed. He said:
"I used the Plant Booster at my home and - without me having to lift
a watering can - this remarkable new device did the job. The hanging
baskets looked the best they ever did and were overflowing with
blooms. And there was more good news: instead of worn and stressed-looking baskets coming down in
September, they lasted until November."
Imagine a hanging basket, a planter or fence
basket that could think for itself, adding just the precise amount
of soil moisture as the water became necessary. The gardener's worry
about temporary absences (and unexpected heat waves, rain deluges et
al.) would be a thing of the past.
Would that be magic?
The Basket Booster is a weight-sensitive valve that drips water when
the basket weight is reduced, but stops dripping after an optimal
weight is reached. For hanging baskets, the weight is suspended from
the valve. For planters, the valve is wedged underneath.
How it works
The valve is connected by one-eighth inch tubing to a water supply
(either gravity-fed from a container positioned higher than the
basket/planter or a faucet). Tee-connectors can link several baskets
or planters, each served by its own valve. The valve is weight
sensitive. When the planter or basket is first set up, the gardener
ensures that the soil moisture is perfect, and then sets the valve
to be closed at precisely that point. As soil dries, the
basket/planter weight drops and the valve drips water. It stops once
the ideal weight is regained. The thin green tubing and the Booster
valve can easily be discreetly hidden from view.
Consider these advantages:
- Optimal soil moisture at all times. The consistency of watering,
irrespective of the gardener's monitoring, extends the life and
beauty of all plants. Never over waters or under waters.
- Lawn faucet or gravity fed watering means no pressure regulators,
filters or electronic components, nor any batteries to change.
- Possibly the most important advance represented by the Booster is
the environmental impact: the device uses 70 percent less water than
what is typical with hand-watering; and, since many gardeners also
add some fertilizer within their watering process, at least 50
percent less fertilizer is required.
- If fertilizer is applied independently of the water, none is
leached out with excess water loss, since there never is excess
- The Booster is a boon to apartment dwellers, who can use a water
container installed higher than the plants, letting gravity
automatically supply the watering system. Similarly, cottage owners
can use this approach, confident that hanging baskets and planters
will remain perfectly watered during extended absences.
A Vision: North Okanagan Equine Centre
More than one quarter of
British Columbia's known population of 100,000 horses can be found
within a 100 km radius of the City of Vernon, in the province's
North Okanagan. This became the focal point of a 2009 report
prepared by Gary Bannerman for the Okanagan Equestrian Society, the
operators of thoroughbred horse racing at Vernon's historic Kin
Live horse racing (both
thoroughbred and standardbred) in Vernon dates back to the late
1800s. Thoroughbred racing continues for a few days each summer,
making Kin Park the most historic venue in the Canadian sport.
Racing in Eastern Canada is much older, but the race meets have
moved through a succession of tracks over the years.
In more recent history,
the City of Vernon has grown to surround the track, and Kin Park now
serves many activities each year. In the view of regional parks
management, a few days of live horse racing each year stands in the
way of the development of a multipurpose, year-round recreational
zone. A dispute has arisen as to the ownership of this property. The
Equestrian Society argues that it holds title to the core acreage of
Kin Park although it has been maintained by local government. Unless
the racetrack and infrastructure necessary to maintain the
thoroughbred sport can be sustainably relocated, the Society says it
will use every legal means possible in defence of its title.
The 2009 BANNERLINE report
titled Horse Racing in the Okanagan - Historic Kin Park and the
Future outlined a vision that would make the North Okanagan an
important focal point for multiple equine activities, including
racing, equestrian competition, training, a veterinary hospital and
rehabilitation centre, and shows of various descriptions. Central to
this would be a new racetrack location.
On April 9,
2010, the Board of Directors of the Regional District of North
Okanagan, consisting of Mayors and Councillors from the region's
municipalities, and representatives of unincorporated areas,
approved Phase 2 of this work, the crafting of Terms of Reference
for a major feasibility study.
Evaleen Jaager Roy displays page proofs of her book for prominent nursery industry executive and former British Columbia Premier Bill Vander Zalm.
Gary Bannerman congratulates Evaleen Jaager Roy
on the publication of Four Chefs One Garden
My friend Darcy Rezac, managing director of the
Vancouver Board of Trade, phoned me one day during 2008 to arrange
an introduction to a business associate of his, a senior executive
with a multinational corporation. The friend was Evaleen Jaager Roy,
a Harvard MBA who not only climbed the corporate ladder, but who had
served with distinction on community boards as well, most notably
the YWCA and the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors.
Darcy, a published author himself, explained that
Evaleen had a unique idea for a book and that perhaps I might help
guide her in the next steps.
It was impossible not to be both charmed and
inspired by Evaleen's enthusiasm, determination and logic. In fact,
it has been so much fun tracking her progress that the book became
simply a good excuse for the next meeting.
With the help of mutual friend Umberto Menghi and
three other noted chefs, the food content became fascinating
stories, recipes and gorgeous photos. We introduced her to prominent
names in the local gardening field - Elaine Stevens, Brian Minter
and former Premier Bill Vander Zalm - and each of them became good
stories. To further illustrate the west coast lifestyle that became
the theme of the book, a meeting with internationally syndicated
caricaturist Kerry Waghorn - a neighbour - grew into another
It became apparent as the project marched toward
publication that there were gaps in the four seasons photography,
and my wife Patricia stepped into the breach with her usual
extraordinary images, some taken specifically for the purpose.
Evaleen contracted with Peter Legge's talented
team at Canada-Wide Media and the designers there turned this
miscellaneous assembly of stories, philosophy, personality profiles,
gardening advice and images into a terrific book.
Look for it soon in bookstores, leading garden
centres or through on-line sellers. Start with the website
Managing Directors Ryan Skomorowski (The
Hotel Baru Resort) and Paul T. Clough (Queen Charlotte
Lodge) are now hosting big game fishing charters in Costa
Rica, months before the resort is completed.
The developers of The Hotel Baru at Dominical on
the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica have joint ventured with Queen
Charlotte Lodge management for big game and inshore sports fishing.
Surrounded by hundreds of square miles of lush tropical
vegetation and national wildlife preserves, the fishing potential is
breathtaking. Several world records have been established in the area.
Bryan Slusarchuk, the CEO and Director of Greenscape Capital Group Inc., and Ryan Skomorowski, the CEO of Green.Switch Capital, sign a Letter of Intent in Vancouver November 4, 2009. Greenscape will acquire all issued shares of Greenswitch Capital Ltd.
Greenscape Capital Announces
Acquisition of Green.Switch
(VANCOUVER, Nov. 5, 2009) - Greenscape Capital Group Inc.
(TSXV: - GRN) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of
intent (the "LOI") to acquire 100 percent of the issued and outstanding shares
of Greenswitch Capital Ltd. ("Green.Switch") via a share transaction based on
Earnings Before Income Tax, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA").
Green.Switch has recently signed two major environmental (energy retrofit)
contracts, one with Robbins Parking Services, headquartered in Victoria, B.C.,
Canada and one with Queen Charlotte Lodge at Naden Harbour near Masset, B.C.,
A revolution in basket and planter watering
(TORONTO, ON - October 20, 2009) - A new patented watering device for hanging baskets and planters was made public here today at the opening of Garden Expo 2009.
The inventor Al Muxlow (left) and his business partner Harold Elzinga
The Basket/Planter Booster assures optimal plant moisture at all times, without timers or regular monitoring. It connects to any lawn faucet or water source (such as a bottle or container elevated higher than the Booster), it is very easy to install and requires little maintenance. It never over waters or under waters, conservation that is a vital consideration in many regions. Despite the perfect consistency of moisture in the planter or basket, this new invention reduces by 70 percent the water typically utilized in hand watering. All parts are rust and corrosion resistant. The system is almost invisible when installed and it can be left in place all year round. Water for the Basket/Planter Booster is gravity or pressure fed through a valve that releases drips based upon the weight of the basket or planter. There are no pressure regulators, filters or electronic components.
Registrar warns motor vehicle
consumers to watch for hidden fees
(SURREY, B.C. - 14 October, 2009) - The Registrar of Motor Dealers, Ken Smith, has urged vehicle buyers to make sure they know all of the costs they may face before concluding a purchase agreement.
"So-called 'documentation fees' and other extra charges
undisclosed in vehicle advertising, are often added after the customer believes
a final price has been negotiated," Smith said. "As in everything else, prices
that seem 'too good to be true' most often are not true."
103 originals released for sale
(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada - 20 March, 2009) - For the first
time since 2004, renowned caricaturist Kerry Waghorn has released a
selection of his original works for sale.
Since being founded by Chronicle Features in San Francisco in 1977,
Kerry's Faces in the News feature became an international
journalistic legend. Now represented by Universal Press Syndicate,
his work has appeared in more than 400 publications in about 60
countries. The Waghorn archives, over the full-span of a 40-year
career, contain 9,000 original images.
"We get enquiries all the time about the purchase of originals, but
there are a few obstacles: I am very attached to these drawings and
even when persuaded to part with one, I feel obligated to give the
right of first refusal to the subject or their family, and, on top
of that, I am invariably too busy with new work to retrieve them and
prepare them for sale."
Queen Charlotte fishing lodge welcomes "the jet age"
(RICHMOND, B.C. -25 April, 2008) - British Columbia's world acclaimed salmon fishing in the remote
northern reaches of the Queen Charlotte Islands, will take another giant stride this season as Air North
737 charter jet service speeds the sports adventurer guests to Masset, en route to Queen Charlotte
Lodge (QCL) on Naden Harbour. From Masset, Helijet takes over with a luxury high-speed shuttle to
"This is yet another step in our determination to make our area - and Queen Charlotte Lodge in
particular - the pre-eminent salmon fishing destination in the world," said QCL's managing partner Paul
T. Clough. "When we announced the Helijet service in 2005, the speed and luxury comfort excited our
whole industry. We are now confident that Air North as a partner, with their legendary experience in
wilderness air and cargo service and their 737 comfort for most of our guests, will take us to yet another
Oct 30-Nov 5, 2007; Issue 940
SFU eyed for mega-sports centre
Private company’s plan calls for a $250 million facility
that could include a World Doping Agency lab
By Andrew Petrozzi
North America’s second largest multi-use sport-medical facility could soon call Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus home.
The $250 million Burnaby Mountain Sport + Medical (BMSM) private sector development would include:
- a 5,000-seat field house and 2,000-seat aquatic centre with two new synthetic turf fields atop the two structures;
- a sport science medical and office complex;
- a fitness centre;
- a 1,500-stall parking garage;
- a commercial and retail component; and
- a proposed World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory.
The project, which is scheduled to break ground
next year, would be built on lands at the west end of campus
that the university had earmarked for the Olympic speed skating
oval before it was moved to Richmond.
The overall project is scheduled to be completed by
the end of 2010, although some parts of it would be open earlier.
SFU would provide approximately nine acres of land
for a nominal $25 for a 99-year lease and would in turn get majority
use of the field house and substantial use of the rest of the
The project’s developer would cover the operating
and maintenance costs.
Milburn leads new
economic development initiative
Veteran thoroughbred horse owner, trainer and industry executive
David Milburn, a lawyer by profession, has been appointed to chair a
new thrust to assess the economic foundation of both standardbred
and thoroughbred horse racing in B.C., and to prepare an action plan
for the future, exploring a "competition committee" model used
successfully to manage the development of other professional sports.
A representative committee of racetrack managers, horse people
(owners, trainers, association executives), marketers,
communications specialists and horseplayers has been formed to
explore what might be the best model for the future. Assisting in
the project is Sam Hawkins, the Director of the Horse Racing
Division, of the B.C. government's Gaming Policy and Enforcement
The vice-chair and secretary of the new committee is BANNERLINE's
Gary Bannerman, who was also vice-chair of the B.C. Racing
Commission's Economic Development Committee in 2000-2001, and author
of the committee's 40,000-word report, The Road to Recovery. Milburn
was also chair of that project.
committee has evolved from 15-years of B.C. initiatives designed to
stop the steady erosion of horse racing's prominence among sports
and entertainment options, and within the otherwise booming gaming
New VSA web site launched
The regulatory authority for retail motor vehicle sales in British Columbia has gone through a complete new identity process during the past year. Formerly known as the Motor Dealer Council of B.C., it was believed that the old name was a disservice to the multifaceted role of the agency, equally dedicated to consumers and sales professionals as it is to servicing and regulating motor dealers.
BANNERLINE has been pleased to play a lead role in this process, and principally the work of graphic designer Christopher Clark of
Serengeti Design Group Inc., Nigel Harvey of Pacific Printing and web designer Doug Cook of
Vehicle photography on the site is by Patricia Bannerman.
The projects were directed by the VSA's Diana Den Duyf, Director, Finance and Operations; and, Judy McRae, Manager, Corporate Services & Communications, with inputs from the entire VSA management team.
Vancouver spine conference: Regeneration breakthrough nears for discss
(VANCOUVER, B.C. 29 April, 2007) - Dr. Mark Erwin, a Toronto medical research scientist, told a conference here this weekend that he and his team
are pursuing a breakthrough that could eliminate expensive and painful surgery for thousands of patients suffering from degenerative disc disease.
Three of the research scientists who presented at the conference participated in a lively panel discussion. Harvard Medical School's Dr. Gerald Bove (right) makes a point while Dr. Simon Dagenais (left) of the University of Ottawa and Dr. Mark Erwin, University of Toronto/Toronto Western Hospital, look on.
Dr. Erwin, a chiropractor who also
has a PhD as a scientist, is an Assistant Professor, Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto and Toronto Western
Hospital. He holds the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF)
and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chiropractic
Research Chair at the University of Toronto.
The conference brought together some of the foremost research scientists in the world today dealing with neurophysiological issues. The British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA), with the support of the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia and the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, hosted these distinguished doctors and scientists from several universities and major hospitals in Canada and the U.S., including one from Harvard Medical School.
One of the speakers, Dr. Greg Kawchuk
of the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary said he
was grateful to meet so many distinguished leaders in the field,
adding that it is very rare that they have an opportunity to compare
notes. "There is no clubhouse where we all hang out. This is a
historic event, bringing us all together," Dr. Kawchuk said.
Dr. Erwin's report was eagerly
anticipated by all of the doctors and scientists attending. He told
the conference about his team's work concerning the biology of
notochord cells and degenerative disease of the intervertebral disc.
The investigation concerns the production of proteoglycan by nucleus
pulposus chondrocytes and various aspects of cell signalling. This
research is essential to enhancing our understanding of and the
pathophysiology of this process.
Read the complete press
release here (PDF)
Gotlib honoured by standing ovation
The Executive-Director of the
Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF), Dr. Allan Gotlib,
who has been instrumental in the establishment of research chairs at
several Canadian universities, was honoured by his colleagues at the
Vancouver Conference, Research 2007: The Spine Care Revolution.
Dr. Gotlib (right) acknowledges the standing ovation. To his right is conference organizer
Dr. Don Nixdorf (Vancouver) and Dr. Jill Hayden (Toronto), one of the scientific presenters.
Some of the foremost research
scientists in the world today dealing with neurophysiological issues
delivered papers at the April 27-28 conference, organized by the
British Columbia Chiropractic Association, with the support of the
School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, the
School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University and CCRF.
When luncheon speaker Dr. Chris
Martin of New Westminster, B.C., president of CCRF, thanked Dr.
Gotlib for his years of work and commended him for the quantum leap
in musculoskeletal research at major institutions, the response was
a prolonged standing ovation from both the delegates - most of them
doctors - and the eminent scientists in attendance.
The CCRF is the chiropractic
profession’s primary national research funding organization and has
been supporting worthy research projects since 1976. CCRF grants
assist doctors of chiropractic to obtain their Masters and PhD
degrees and to establish themselves in multidisciplinary research
positions. The CCRF has also been instrumental in partnering with
organizations such as the federal Canadian Institute for Health
Research to establish Chiropractic Research Chairs in universities
across the country.
Regulator of motor vehicle sales gets new name
BURNABY, B.C. (March 30, 2007) - As of this date,
the Motor Dealer Council of B.C. (MDC) has become the Motor Vehicle
Sales Authority of British Columbia (VSA), a new name for a new era,
better reflecting both the public and industry service roles of the
independent regulatory agency, ending any confusion with other
MDC was created in 2004, one of the
first examples in the province of a "delegated administrative
authority," an innovative and alternative approach to the
administration of the Motor Dealer Act, and other statutes that
relate to consumers and motor vehicle sales. The VSA licenses and
regulates more than 1,700 motor dealers and over 8,000 sales
professionals, who engage in the retail sale of automobiles, light
trucks, motorcycles and recreation vehicles.
Read the press
release here (PDF)
International Medical Journal Reports
Success in Easing Fibromyalgia Pain
VANCOUVER (23 January, 2007) - A distinguished British medical journal, Clinical Rheumatology, has just published an article concerning the remarkable pain-reduction results of Farabloc, developed and manufactured by a Vancouver-headquartered company, in studies of patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
Frieder K. Kempe (left), the inventor and developer of Farabloc, has worked with distinguished researchers and institutions around the world for over 20 years. Here he is shown with
Dr. Don Nixdorf, Executive Director of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association. Clinical trials conducted by Nixdorf and several other doctors have demonstrated Farabloc's effectiveness in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, reflex sympathetic disorder, menstrual cramps and many other conditions. The product is formally endorsed by the British Columbia Chiropractic Association.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by fatigue and widespread pain in muscles, ligaments and tendons, creating multiple tender points. This rheumatic condition creates chronic pain at these tender points disturbing most normal activities. There is a predominance of women among those afflicted with the disease. Symptoms vary among patients from mild to severe but cures have been virtually non-existent. Debilitating side effects complicate many therapies based on chronic drug use.
The research report, The Efficacy of Farabloc, as an Analgesic in Primary Fibromyalgia, was authored by Dr. Gerhard L. Bach of Germany, who collected the clinical data, and Dr. Douglas B. Clement, Professor Emeritus, Division of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia, who compiled and analyzed the data. Professor Bach who has an academic affiliation with the Department of Medicine/Rheumatology at the University of Munich, conducted the research at Clinic Auerbach, Bensheim.
Farabloc, an electromagnetic
shielding fabric, contains extremely fine stainless steel fibres and
nylon, with an appearance similar to linen. This drug-free product
has a significant shielding effect on high frequency electromagnetic
fields (EMF) while permitting low frequency EMF through which
stabilize the cell by polarization. Farabloc has been successfully
used by many people in dealing with conditions causing chronic pain,
e.g. osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and reflex sympathetic
disorder. Read the complete press
Squandering Billions continues during the "B.C.
Conversation on Health"
RICHMOND (6 November, 2006) - A respected American think tank, in a report released last week in Washington, D.C., was the latest to criticize inefficiencies within health management in Canada, diagnostic mistakes and a failure to effectively use electronic records. Other studies have condemned the alarming growth of pharmaceutical costs, and chronic adverse events, yet the only debate seems to be how many more billions can be found to spend, with little or no effort made to link spending to patient outcomes.
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Fedex and UPS "arrogant, deliberately unlawful and exploitative,"
court cases will prove
(VANCOUVER, B.C., 27 October,
2006) - A class action law suit filed here Thursday against Fedex parallels one commenced against United Parcel Services Canada Ltd. (UPS) last week. The actions concern the assessment of uncontracted "brokerage" fees on United States products delivered to Canada, a charge not specified in the sales contract.
The suits have been filed by the law firm of Poyner Baxter LLP of North Vancouver under B.C.’s
"Class Proceedings Act." Such a suit is typically brought in the name of one or more individuals as “representative of a class,” and, if successful, would apply to every such brokerage charge levied on Fedex and UPS customers in this province. In the examples cited in the two actions, the claimants were each charged fees in the $30 - $40 range for a service which could have been provided by Canada Post for five dollars.
Poyner Baxter are working closely with the prominent Ontario law firm Siskinds, headquartered in London, and lawyer Daniel Bach, in a national legal strategy to ensure that every Canadian victim of these unconscionable practices is represented. Actions will imminently commence in Ontario and elsewhere.
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B.C. Crime Stoppers win prestigious international awards
VANCOUVER (12 October, 2006) - Greater Vancouver and Prince George Crime Stoppers earned prestigious honours earlier this month at the annual Crime Stoppers International Conference at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The conference celebrated the 30th anniversary of Crime Stoppers, which now has 1,400 programs in 23 countries. British Columbia programs were among the earliest pioneers.
Among the awards presented for 2005 were:
- CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR - Shirley Stocker, among the founders
of Crime Stoppers in B.C. and the current provincial president.
- MOST PROPERTY RECOVERED - Greater Vancouver Crime Stoppers
- BEST RADIO - SPECIAL REPORTS/FEATURES (communities 400,000 -
750,000) - CKNW AM 980 and MOJO Radio, and Greater Vancouver
- BEST NEWSPAPER/SPECIAL REPORTS FEATURES (communities 75,000
- 250,000) - Prince George Free Press and Prince George Crime
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About Shirley Stocker
endorsing the nomination (PDF)
Chiropractic research professorship awarded at UBC
(RICHMOND, B.C., 12 October, 2006) - The Faculty of Education and
the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia
announced here today the appointment of Dr. Jean-Sebastien Blouin as
Assistant Professor in Human Kinetics in the named position,
Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation Professorship in Spine
Biomechanics and Neuro-Physiology.
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA),
the School of Human Kinetics, other UBC professionals and the
Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, cooperatively evolved
this landmark education and research advance.
"It is an honour and a privilege for our profession
to participate in the distinguished research tradition of this great
university," said Dr. Don Nixdorf, the executive director of the
BCCA . "We are obviously grateful to the Canadian Chiropractic
Research Foundation, but even more importantly, to all of the
individual family chiropractors who support research and education
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Class action suit seeks refund of
unlawfully collected school fees
(VANCOUVER, B.C., 5 October, 2006) - A class action suit filed today
in the Supreme Court of B.C. against the provincial government
claims on behalf of parents a refund of unlawfully collected school
The suit was filed Thursday
by the law firm of Poyner Baxter LLP of North Vancouver under B.C.’s
"Class Proceedings Act." Such a suit is typically brought in the
name of one or more individuals as "representative of a class," and,
if successful, would apply to every unlawful fee payment collected
in the province, past and present.
In today's action, the Statement of
Claim cites the father of two North Vancouver students, one
currently in Grade 10 and the other in Grade 8. They had been
assessed additional fees since kindergarten, and the law suit lists
special charges this year totaling $169.50 for one student, and $165
for the other.r.
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March 21-27, 2006; issue 856
By Andrew Petrozzi
and professional development are just as important as enforcement
when it comes to regulating the province’s motor vehicle industry,
according to Ken Smith, the 58-year-old inaugural president and
registrar of the Motor Dealer Council of British Columbia. .
With his extensive background in
mediation, law, regulatory regimes and education, Smith was a
natural choice to lead the newly created industry council when it
started operations in April 2004.
Instead of demonizing the industry by
keying on enforcement, Smith focused his approach on improving it
through education, licensing and professional training, while
ensuring those who broke the rules were held accountable.
“We’re an independent regulatory
agency that has been delegated the authority to use certain pieces
of legislation to create a successful marketplace,” said Smith,
whose modest corner office is located at MDC’s headquarters in a
Burnaby industrial park and features pictures and images of his
passions – family and sailing.
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Prominent Prince George auto dealers fined
BURNABY, B.C. (6
Northland Dodge Chrysler Ltd. and Northland Motor Holdings Ltd. of
Prince George have been disciplined by the Registrar of Motor
Dealers for a consistent pattern of unacceptable business practices.
Northland Dodge Chrysler has been fined $50,000. Northland Motor
Holdings Ltd., which also does business as Northland Hyundai, was
In his ruling, the Registrar, Ken Smith, cited a number of violations to the Motor Dealer Act and the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, including a failure to clearly identify dealer ownership in their advertising; incorrect pricing of vehicles on display; the employment of unlicensed salespersons; failure to disclose "total asking price" of vehicles; improper pricing and innumerable "deceptive" advertising practices.
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Class action suit seeks repayment of PST on legal fees
(VANCOUVER, B.C., 22 December, 2005) - If a Supreme Court of B.C.
class action suit filed here yesterday is successful, the provincial
government may have to refund hundreds of millions of dollars in
illegally collected sales tax on legal services since 1993.
The suit was filed by the law firm of
Poyner Baxter LLP of North Vancouver, which works predominantly in
the field of class action suits. The action follows a December 20
majority decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal, granting
"a declaration that to the extent that the Act purports to tax legal
services related to the determination of rights and obligations by
courts of law or independent administrative tribunals, it is
unconstitutional as offending the principal of access to justice,
one of the elements of the rule of law."
"This has been a shocking
situation... Read the rest of the press
Dealer licenses cancelled
BURNABY, B.C. (3 November, 2005)
The Registrar of Motor Dealers has cancelled the licenses of
Mirage Auto Sales Ltd. of Burnaby and New Westminster, citing
that this company has "persistently" operated in an improper
fashion, and that "this dealer has little or no respect for the laws
in British Columbia as they apply to selling motor vehicles to the
In his ruling, the Registrar, Ken
Smith, stated that Mirage principals have been uncooperative with
MDC investigators and failed to heed numerous warnings. Named in the
Mirage ruling were the owner, Alireza Ghavami and his son Amir Reza
The Motor Dealer Council is an
administrative authority established pursuant to the laws of British
Columbia and has been delegated the responsibility of administering
the Motor Dealer Act and related regulations. The legislation
requires that all businesses selling motor vehicles to the public in
British Columbia, and all salespersons working for those businesses,
be properly licensed. The Registrar of Motor Dealers issues and
oversees the administration of these licenses.
The Registrar said...
The complete press
release may be read here
Ownership change at Venue West
(Vancouver, B.C., 22 July, 2005) - Nils and Sue Daugulis have acquired all shares and assets of Vancouver’s preeminent conference management firm, Venue West Conference Services Ltd..
Earlier this year it had been announced that Sue Daugulis, a travel industry veteran and long-time friend of Venue West and its founder, the late Betty Fata, had joined the company in the capacity of vice-president, marketing, and a member of the Board of Directors. She now becomes president, succeeding Lou Cox, one of Venue West's founders. Her husband Nils, a partner in the law firm of Bull, Housser and Tupper, will serve as chief executive officer, while continuing in the practice of law.
"We view this as more of a transition than a departure from Venue West's legacy," Sue Daugulis said. "The three surviving partners will remain as consultants, available as needed, and it will be business as usual for the outstanding staff, clients and international networks."
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Boatswain's call launches "The Heritage District"
Former Vancouver mayor
Owen named "Honourary President"
(VANCOUVER, B.C., 29 June, 2005) - In a ceremony presided over by former mayor Philip W. Owen, a naval officer sounded a "Boatswain's call" here tonight, to inaugurate "The Heritage District on Hastings West", a neighbourhood offering the most prestigious concentration of luxury retail stores in Western Canada, including some of the world's most renowned brands.
Mr. Owen was assisted by prominent historian Chuck Davis who related some of the history of the street and particularly the 1929 start of construction of the renowned Marine Building. Excavation for that structure commenced when the mayor of the day, W.H. Malkin, blew a golden whistle. Malkin, like Owen, was a noted retailer and wholesaler.
The Hastings Waterfront Business Association was incorporated late in 2004 to represent member businesses, expected to grow in time to include adjacent streets and nearby waterfront locations. Their choice of a marketing brand honours the prestigious history of this area.
See the press release for the whole story & more pictures
Eli Lilly must treat Canadian
victims the same as Americans
(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C., 13 June, 2005) -Drug giant
Eli Lilly and Company announced last week a $US 690 million offer to
settle 5,000 claims emanating from the negative side-effects of
Zyprexa, a drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia and
conditions such as bipolar disorder.
See the press release for the whole story
Bannerman-Nixdorf book, a shocker!
(VANCOUVER, 16 May, 2005) - A new book authored
by Gary Bannerman and Dr. Don Nixdorf, a brutally frank indictment
of health spending and mismanagement in Canada, will be released
near the end of June, 2005...
...Squandering Billions demonstrates that the
absolute power of medical doctors, pharmaceutical companies, health
bureaucrats and hospital administrators, enshrines mediocrity at the
expense of patients. Read the press release
- More book details hereKeeling named Vice-President,
Racing Operations, Great Canadian Gaming
(VANCOUVER, 24 March, 2005) - At a news conference here today, Great
Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC), announced the appointment of Chuck Keeling as
Vice-President, Racing Operations, responsible for Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver,
Fraser Downs in Surrey, Sandown Park near Victoria, and other horse racing interests.
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Prominent tourism marketer joins Venue West
West, founded in 1970, has been instrumental in attracting to Vancouver and managing all
services related to some of the most prestigious international congresses ever held in
Western Canada. Betty Fata, who died early in 2004, was the most publicly prominent member
of this professional team, a past-president of the International Association of
Professional Congress Organizers.
Sue Daugulis and Betty Fata had been close personal friends for over 25
years, as they pursued separate careers within the tourism industry. It is Bettys
dynamic sales and marketing role that she has now been asked to fill.
See press releasese
Governments sincerity on Woodlands questioned
(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C., 3 March, 2005) - Lawyers behind a class action law
suit brought on behalf of an estimated 1,500 former residents of Woodlands School, most
severely handicapped, questioned government comments earlier this week in the Legislature.
On Monday, 15 victims of abuse at Woodlands, and their caregivers,
travelled to Victoria. They met with Opposition MLAs and were introduced in the
Legislature. When New Democratic Party members Joy MacPhail and Jenny Kwan put questions
to Premier Gordon Campbell, evasive responses came from Children and Family Development
Minister Stan Hagen and Finance Minister Colin Hansen.
See release for more
Columbia class action suits target Celebrex and Zyprexa
Two more prescription drugs have become the subject of British Columbia
class action law suits, with victims claiming that the pharmaceutical companies involved
knew or ought to have known that these products, proposed to treat certain
conditions, had disastrous side effects.....
See release for more
An incredible day for B.C. horse racing
The opening of the full casino at Fraser Downs in November, 2004, and a
referendum victory focused on the redevelopment of Sandown Park, near Victoria, marked the
successful conclusion of an 8-year campaign to win for horse racing fairer levels of
taxation, better government policy and permission to participate in the broader gaming
The complete $25 million reconstruction of Fraser Downs will
be completed in April 2005. The same modern, high quality redevelopment will soon commence
at Sandown, although more modest in scale.
But the big news at year-end was the sale of the business
to Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, which had consolidated ownership of Hastings Park
and the thoroughbred sector earlier in 2004.
This Fraser Downs news release tells the story.
British Columbians sue Sony
(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C., 22 November, 2004) - Defective Sony wide screen
television sets are the focus of a class action lawsuit initiated on behalf of British
The action against Sony concerns numerous models of wide screen Rear
Projection Cathode Ray Tube televisions and was filed by the law firm of Poyner Baxter of
North Vancouver, which works predominantly in the field of class action suits.
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BC Chiropractic Association approves new WCB agreement
(RICHMOND, B.C., 4 November, 2004) - British Columbias Doctors of
Chiropractic have approved a new four-year agreement with the provinces Workers
Back injuries and problems related to the spine constitute the second
most frequent cause of WCB claims (about 25% of all claims costs), impacting employees,
employers and the economy in the hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Claims and
disputes involving back issues are by far the most constant and costly faced by the WCB.
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Vioxx class action Initiated for British Columbians
(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C., 4 October, 2005) - British Columbians who may
have been put at risk because of the drug VIOXX, will be represented in a class action law
suit filed October 1, 2004, in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
The suit against Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. and associated firms,
developers and promoters of VIOXX, was initiated by the law firm of Poyner Baxter of North
Vancouver, which works predominantly in the field of class action suits. It will parallel
similar litigation worldwide..
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