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 …

Bronfman case headed for appeal

Image Courtesy Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail Last November, Madam Justice Stewart ruled on a matter dealing with broker negligence. The matter, Bronfman v. BFL Canada Risk, 2013 ONSC 5372 (CanLII),  involves a break in at the Bronfman residence in November of 2008. The Bronfmans were robbed of jewellery and numerous valuables. The matter revolves around the question of just how far an insurance broker …

Deny and delay even further: A new proposal by government to lower prejudgment interest rates

As anyone who has gone through the court system knows, the wheels of justice turn slowly. If there was ever such a thing as instant justice, prejudgement interest would not be necessary. However, the reality of our system is that justice often takes many years and the laws of Ontario provide interest from the date the cause of action arose to the date of the …

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 …

Report recommends overhaul of Ontario’s auto insurance dispute resolution system

A final report regarding the Ontario automobile insurance dispute resolution system (DRS) was issued on February 18, 2014. This report contains a list of 28 recommendations to transform Ontario’s DRS with the goal that it will operate fairly, efficiently and effectively. A review of the Ontario automobile insurance DRS was first announced in the 2012 Ontario Budget. On August 23, 2013, the Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles …