Firm News: 40% of our lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers
Thursday August 9, 2018

In Memorandum - The Sullivan’s Pond Geese and Crosswalk Safety

Authored by: Luke C. Godin Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If you’re from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, August 9, 2017 might be engrained in your memory. On that fateful day, two resident geese were killed by a vehicle while crossing the street near their home at Sullivan’s Pond. These geese had become somewhat of a legend in Dartmouth and were considered community mascots by many. Understandably, Dartmouth residents were upset by their deaths.

The outpouring of anger against the offending driver (who was found not at fault for the incident) was swift and harsh—with some calling for vigilantism.  For anyone outside of the city, the reaction to the death of the geese might have seemed, well, a little over the top. It’s fair to say that much of the online comments and discussion went too far. That said, there are good reasons for Dartmouth residents to be angry about a crosswalk accident — 225 of them to be exact. This is the number of vehicle/ pedestrian accidents that occurred throughout Halifax Regional Municipality in 2017[1]. Most of these incidents (68%)[2] occurred within crosswalks. That, I suggest, is something worth talking about on twitter. So, on the anniversary of their deaths, lets pay tribute to the Sullivan’s Pond Geese (R.I.P) by revisiting a few crosswalk safety tips[3] for drivers, pedestrians and well, geese:

  1. Tips for Pedestrians

      2. Tips for Drivers

*The subject of pedestrian/vehicle collisions is a serious one. Unfortunately, these collisions often result in serious injuries or death.

Take time to remind yourself and your loved ones of these safety tips. For more information and tips look to the “Heads up Halifax” campaign. Last, if you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian/ vehicle accident, speak to a lawyer who can protect your rights

[1] https://www.halifax.ca/home/news/december-vehiclepedestrian-collision-stats-0

[2] Ibid

[3] These tips were initially published by David S.R. Parker, personal injury lawyer and partner at BOYNECLARKE LLP.

Share This Post:

Ask a question about this post.

Any Questions

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Post | Tuesday December 8, 2020

TRADEMARKS: The Perspective of the Average Consumer

Authored by: Marc J. Belliveau Posted in: Business Law

In a court of law, a judge must often assess a person’s act or omission against a certain legal standard of human conduct to determine whether that person’s behaviour was harmful or unlawful.

Read full article
Blog Post | Tuesday December 8, 2020

Who’s liable for a dog attack?

Authored by: Shafic A. Khouri Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If your dog does injure someone, then you could be required to compensate that person for those injuries.

Read full article
Blog Post | Friday November 20, 2020

Manitoba Required to Expand their Definition of Parent

Authored by: Terrance G. Sheppard Posted in: Family Law

The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench declared that the current definition of “parent” and related provisions in Manitoba’s Family Maintenance Act violate the equality rights guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Read full article