Will the real consumer advocates please stand up?

“Insurers […] are the real consumer advocates.” Don Forgeron, President and CEO, Insurance Bureau of Canada   Where’d they dream that up? Beyond the headlines and stories focused on the exploits of Toronto’s mayor, the IBC was also making news. As Thompson’s World Insurance News (November 11, 2013) reported, CEO Don Forgeron, at the IBC’s Regulatory Affairs Symposium, was opining on the state of the …

Medical errors now the third leading cause of death in the US

It’s no surprise that thousands of people die from medical errors every year. But a new study from the Journal of Patient Safety reveals that as many as 440,000 patients die each year in the US from preventable medical errors. That means that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the US, exceeded only by cancer and heart disease. The article …

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 …