Put the phone down! Ontario’s Top Court sends strong message to distracted drivers

The Ontario Court of Appeal delivered two decisions on Friday, September 26, 2013, which make it very clear that even holding a cellphone while driving constitutes an offence. The decisions will make enforcement of s.78.1(1)of the Highway Traffic Act much easier for police as the Court found that there is no requirement for the Crown to actually prove the device was being used or was capable …

Too many children at risk of injury from playground equipment: mandatory standards needed

A lack of mandatory standards for children’s playground equipment, inadequate playground surfacing and poor maintenance all add up to a recipe for disaster. According to this article from CBC News, more than 28,000 children are injured every year on playgrounds across Canada. The health benefits of playing and physical activity are important, but the risks of serious injury need to be addressed. Organizations like injury …

D.O.N.T.: OTLA supports province-wide campaign targeting distracted drivers

Launch of D.O.N.T. at Queen's Park on June 6, 2013

Do you text when you drive? Here’s a simple message: “D.O.N.T.” During the month of June, a coalition of injury prevention advocates is asking Ontarians to pledge to Drive Only… Never Text, or D.O.N.T.  The D.O.N.T. campaign, launched on June 6, will remind drivers of all ages that distracted driving—which includes driving while texting or talking on a cell phone—can lead to car crashes and …

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association elects Charles Gluckstein as new President

BURLINGTON, ON – Charles Gluckstein was elected President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) on May 31, 2013, at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. Mr. Gluckstein has served on the association’s Board of Directors since 2001, and has been a member of its Executive Committee for the past seven years. Mr. Gluckstein will oversee the organization during the 2013-14 year. “I am …

2013 OTLA Safety Leadership Award recipients announced at the 2013 Spring Conference

The OTLA Safety Leadership Awards were established in 2011 to honour individuals or organizations that have made “remarkable and extensive contributions towards enhancing safety awareness in their communities in Ontario and helped to prevent injury to those around them.” The 2013 Safety Leadership Awards were given out at the Spring Conference on May 30, 2013. Play It Cool, Canadian Spinal Research Organization Nominated by Trevor …