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Ontario insurers continue to profit from victims of arson

A string of disturbing cases has highlighted a troubling trend of injustice for Ontario homeowners who are victims of arson. While homeowners rely on insurance to protect us when we are victims of a wrongful act – like arson – insurers continue to take advantage of consumers by placing exclusions in their policies that prevent just compensation.

Why are we paying for doctors’ malpractice?

Doctors in surgery around patient

The Canadian Medical Protection Association describes itself as “a not-for-profit mutual defence association.” Even though it acts as an insurer, providing resources to help manage risk and assistance when medical-legal difficulties arise, the CMPA is technically not an insurer.

Could this Reality Show Make Ontario Roads Safer?

Heavy Rescue 401 poster comp

On January 3, 2017 the Discovery Channel debuted Heavy Rescue: 401, a reality show that follows emergency rescue and recovery towing operators on Ontario’s 400-series highways. The show follows on the heels of Highway Thru Hell, a highly successful program filmed in the British Columbia interior which finished its fifth season in 2016. The program is a pleasure to watch. Tow operators compete to be …

Seeing Through the Haze of Canadian Marijuana Laws

Canadian flag with maple leaf replaced by marijuana leaf

As Canada nears the likely legalization of marijuana for recreational use, a host of issues will impact on users for medical purposes. Presently, the possession, distribution and production of marijuana is illegal. An exception to this applies to medicinal use. Long-term medical, legal, and business effects of marijuana legalization remain clouded. Introduction of recreational marijuana legislation is expected in spring 2017. Until then, Canada holds its breath.

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits – A Primer

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The Canada Pension Plan (“CPP”) is a federal government program that provides income support to individuals who are either disabled or retired. Many people are unaware that CPP provides disability benefits if they become disabled before retirement age. CPP Disability benefits are tied to the number of years an employed person has been making contributions into the Plan. The CPP Disability benefit is a monthly taxable …

Better Reporting of Medical Errors Could Save Lives

Medical Error may be 3rd leading cause of death in the US

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer, according to a recent study published by Drs. Makary and Daniel at Johns Hopkins University. It is estimated at least 251,454 Americans die due to medical errors every year. The study goes on to say that medical error leading to patient death is under-recognized in many other …