The Dangers of Non-Lawyer Owned Law Firms

OTLA has published a submission to the Law Society of Upper Canada in response to the discussion of Alternative Business Structures. You can find it here. Should non-lawyers be allowed to own law firms in Ontario? This is a question that the Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) is currently grappling with. The LSUC, which regulates the provision of legal services in Ontario, is considering whether …

ATVs, accident benefits and lawsuits: Timing is everything!

The use of off-road recreational vehicles such as ATVs for fun and recreation has increased dramatically over the years.  It is also not unusual to see such vehicles on public roadways, and for these vehicles to be driven by young people including minors.   Over the years, recreational culture has given rise to an increasing number of rollovers, crashes, and alcohol-related incidents involving ATVs and other …

Bill 15: New Auto Insurance Legislation Inhibits Access to Justice, Requires Amendment

With Bill 15, introduced in July 2014, the government has brought forward amendments that were initially introduced earlier this year. OTLA welcomes the new legislation which would bring forward Justice Douglas Cunningham’s much-needed reforms to the auto insurance dispute resolution system. While we welcome the majority of the recommendations, there are two outstanding issues that we ask MPPs to address through amendments at committee: ensuring …

Ride at your own risk: The perils of ride sharing services

This past year the app-based ride sharing service, Uber has come to Canada. Uber denies that it is a commercial transportation company; rather, it describes itself as a technology company only offering a matchmaking service to connect riders with drivers. Uber is currently operating in Toronto and Ottawa. Uber operates through a smart phone app or web browser. If someone needs a ride, the person requests …

Distracted Driving: Upping the Ante

A New Bill to Improve Road Safety The catastrophic injuries and devastating losses that can happen from accidents due to impaired driving have become known by most. Responsible drivers do not drink and drive: they call a cab, use public transit or have a designated sober driver. Responsible drivers consider other factors that could also impair their ability to control their motor vehicle, including drugs …

OTLA Proud to Support Proposed Legislation to Make Roads Safer

The Ontario government has announced plans to increase fines for distracted driving, a move that the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association welcomes. OTLA Director of Public Affairs, John Karapita, is pictured in a group above with Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca (center), MPPs Eleanor McMahon, Kathryn McGarry, Mike Colle and Han Dong, along with OSL President Brian Patterson and many more road safety partners, during the …