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Swimming Swimming in the Swimming Pool…

There is nothing better than diving into a cold pool of water in the hot afternoon sun. While a backyard pool may equal bliss on a hot day it can also be fraught with danger (and legal liability) if proper steps are not taken to ensure that everyone has a safe dip in the water. With that in mind we offer a few tips below …

The Clock is Ticking – Know Your Rights to Protect You and Your Family

Face of a clock

Many Canadians are fortunate enough to have disability insurance to provide some economic security in the event of an injury. What many Canadians don’t know is that your contract for disability insurance may impose strict guidelines on when you can bring a legal action against your disability insurer if your insurer refuses to pay you benefits. In Ontario the general rule is that you have …

OTLA calls on provincial candidates to restore the basic rights of accident victims

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath waves to supporters during a campaign stop in Brampton, Ont. on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Image credit: Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS On March 4, 2014, the Ontario Liberals tabled Bill 171, which proposed a number of amendments to the Insurance Act, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario Act, the Licence Appeal Tribunal Act, the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act and the Repair and Storage Liens Act. At the time of tabling Bill 171, Fair Association of Victims for Accident …

Setting a good example for safety

I think maybe–just maybe–this never-ending winter has finally come to an end. The snow is almost gone and temperatures are rising to the double digits. With the warmer weather comes more kids out on the streets riding bicycles. In Ontario, kids are required to wear helmets when cycling on public roads. This law has been in place since 1995. Unfortunately, there are still too many …

Team Osgoode wins the 2014 OTLA Cup!

The future of civil litigation in Ontario is bright. The beautiful city of London, Ontario hosted the 2014 OTLA Cup, which showcased the skills of 15 charismatic and dedicated law school students—10 acting as counsel and five as witnesses—from across the province in a friendly but hotly contested moot competition. This was the 22nd annual OTLA Cup, a tradition born in 1992 at Queen’s University. …

The Dispute Resolution System (DRS) Review: Are the recommendations in the public interest?

Since its release on February 18, 2014, the final report on the Ontario Automobile Insurance Dispute Resolution System (DRS) has been a topic of interest. This is no surprise as each of the report’s 28 recommendations will be considered by the provincial government when contemplating legislative changes that may affect the DRS structure and operation. Any changes to the DRS should be of particular interest …