When it comes to doctor competence, ignorance is not bliss

At the beginning of October, Ontario’s Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, did a good thing. He demanded that colleges of all regulated health professions take concrete steps to increase transparency in college processes and decision-making, and to make more information available to the public. The colleges, which include the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”), have until December 1st to report back …

Every Dog Has its Day: Hopefully Not in Court

The joy and happiness of dog ownership has been proven time and time again. However, with dog ownership also comes legal responsibly. After all, dog breeds of all shapes and sizes have the potential to inflict harm, even inadvertently, to people or other animals and the legal consequences must be taken seriously. In Ontario, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act (the “Act”) governs the law in …

Did you know you can be held responsible for an accident without even being in the car?

Many people in Ontario are unaware that they can be held liable for an accident even if they were not in the vehicle at the time. As the owner of a motor vehicle in Ontario, you may be liable for the negligent actions of another person who is in possession of and operates your vehicle. This is called vicarious liability. Section 192 (2) of the …

Driving? Keep a Keen Eye for Wildlife as Seasons Change

The Summer is over, the kids are back at school and the days are getting colder again. Northern Ontario has seen its first cold nights already.  We are moving back to winter temperatures, snow,ice and  salt on the roads. This is the time that larger wildlife like deer and moose venture onto the roads to lick salt off the asphalt.  It is also the time …

ROM exhibition raises awareness of fashion options available for those in wheelchairs

Couple sits in wheelchairs at cafe

“The world has many bodies and not all of them are standing.” The Royal Ontario Museum is hosting “Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting”, an exhibit highlighting adaptive clothing designs for men and women who use wheelchairs.  The exhibit has been running since June 21, 2014 and will go until January 25, 2015. The exhibition showcases designs from Izzy Camilleri, a Canadian designer with an …

Disproportionate amounts spent on Independent Medical Examinations drive claim costs

doctor types at laptop computer

This month, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released the Ontario Health Claims Database (HCDB) Standard Report. The Report analyzes data collected through the Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) system. Since February 2011, HCAI has been the mandatory system that Ontario health care facilities are required to use when submitting auto insurance claim forms to insurance companies. The insurers respond to the claims through …