Help Star and Michael After Ocean's Death

On July, 6 2021 Ocean, our 23 month old daughter was killed in a car crash. Ocean's father, Michael was injured and taken to the hospital. Michael and Ocean were stricken by one of the cars which mounted the sidewalk. Ocean died instantly from the collision. They were both pedestrians on the sidewalk.

Ocean was curious, sweet, loving and full of energy. She always had a smile. She loved to get into things and pull books off shelves. Eventually, Ocean brought books to us, so she could learn and tell us that she wanted to read. It was a very exciting time. Ocean was becoming a toddler.

We were getting the feel for being parents. It was new exciting, trying and adventurous. However, at the moment, we are still struggling that Ocean is no longer with us. We are totally devastated with the loss. We can never get Ocean back! It can be lonely not having her climb on us or wake us up. Ocean gave us lots of purpose in life. Ocean helped us recover from some of our past. Ocean opened our world.

Something we would like to bring to light while we are going through ICBC's claim process is that the ICBC related regulations value Ocean life less than a car's repair. We would receive $14,918 each as parents (roughly $29K total) for our daughter's death according to the "Enhanced Accident Benefits Regulation -- Entitlement of child and parent of deceased." (https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/59_2021#section49) However, a insured car owner can receive up to $200,000 for their car repairs. (https://www.icbc.com/claims/crash-responsibility-fault/Pages/if-you-are-not-responsible.aspx) We do not feel there is any reason for a car's repairs to be worth more than a life. Nevertheless, this is ICBC's new unfair and illogical Enhanced Coverage.

Because we are "over-housed," a subsidized housing policy, our current housing requires that at some point we move out of our residence. In the wake of our daughter's loss being "over-housed" and moving is not something we should have to consider. But we are considering different housing options.

Additionally, we are currently residing in a hotel (covered by ICBC with their accommodation fund) due to our housing being inaccessible and an unhealthy environment. Afterwards, the hotel should be covered by Vancouver Coastal Health. Though,  this does not place us in stable housing. Technically, we are in housing limbo.

Donations to our Go Fund Me will help support getting safe housing out of the hotel, seeking alternative housing, fees, costs, expenses and additional health costs. Our primary goal is to find more stable housing which we can rest and recover from losing Ocean and have a family. Since we cannot bring Ocean back, we are focusing on moving forward and living vicariously though the things Ocean opened us up to as parents.

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Star Joinson 
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Vancouver, BC