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Seeking Fairness for Victims of Medical Malpractice

Reporter Sheryl Ubelacker reported on October 26, 2016 that 1 in 18 Canadian hospital patients experience harm from preventable errors (Read more). Ms. Ubelacker reports on a study that 138,000 Canadians admitted in a Canadian hospital in 2014-2015 suffered some kind of harmful event that could potentially have been prevented. Of these 138,000 patients, the study finds that more than one adverse event compromised their …

FSCO Rate Filings – Profit Transparency Lacking!

A Primer on FSCO Auto Insurance Rate Approvals On April 13, Ontario’s auto insurance regulator, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, FSCO, posted an auto insurance rate increase on average of 2.23 per cent for the first quarter of 2018. This isn’t the first rate increase we have seen lately. In fact, FSCO has approved rate increases 6 of the last 8 quarters totalling an …

Helping Our Clients By Building Community

Authored by: Bernard L. Gluckstein, Q.C. If you’re reading this blog on the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association website, take a moment to click on the link to the OTLA Code. Our association asks: “What does it mean to be a ‘good lawyer?’” Being a financially successful lawyer or even one with great success in the courtroom is not the primary means by which we should assess …

Changes to ODSP Exemptions for Pain and Suffering Awards

The recent changes to the ODSP Regulations are a positive step forward in improving access to justice for some of the most vulnerable Ontarians. OTLA will continue to lobby on behalf of the rights of the injured and injusticed.

Helmets On Kids Campaign Reaches Milestone Donation Total

4 girls wear their new bike helmets

The final numbers are still rolling in, but it’s safe to say that the OTLA Helmets on Kids Campaign has reached another major milestone. When tallying the totals since the program’s inception in 2002, we discovered the happy coincidence that over 25,000 helmets had been donated by OTLA’s 25th anniversary. Now, we are thrilled to see donations in 2016 bring our grand total to over 30,000 helmets, valued at an estimated $450,000!

Facebook Defamation Case Sets New Standard for Social Media Commentary

Laptop Computer: Among other uses, a vehicle for online Defamation

While social media has quickly become a popular and efficient way to keep in touch, it can be dangerous to forget the public nature of this technology. Facebook and Twitter users are often bolder behind a screen, making statements that they would never say in person. Defamatory statements can spread swiftly across and among social networks, exponentially increasing the likelihood of false information damaging the …