Is it unreasonable for a city to have a policy that it will not provide scheduled inspections of its sidewalks?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Einarson v. Richmond (City of), 1998 CanLII 3933 (BC SC):

It is not necessarily unreasonable for a city to have a policy that it will not provide scheduled inspections of sidewalks, if a bona fide policy decision has been made that certain hazards fall below a threshold established for budgetary or manpower considerations. Unless it can be shown that the threshold is irresponsibly high or arbitrary, the mere fact that there are no inspections will not lead to an inference of negligence [Oser v. Nelson (City) Dec. 3, 1997, No. 4375 Nelson Registry].

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