Safety Category Archives

Safe Cycling for Kids

As the weather warms and the snow melts away, we think of outdoor activities. One of the most popular activities for kids is riding a bicycle. Most people can remember the feeling of whizzing down the street with the wind in our face as we experience the freedom of riding a bicycle on our own. Sadly, cycling can also be hazardous, particularly when not wearing …

Road Safety tip: Clear snow and ice off your car

You are late for work, it is freezing cold outside and it snowed last night. You walk out to your car and see it covered in several inches of snow and ice. The snow is crusted on and a quick attempt to brush it off makes no difference. You get in the cold car and turn on the engine, thinking maybe you can melt it …

Travel Insurance: Are you covered?

Snowbirds, winter vacations, March break with the family…it’s that time of year when Canadians are preparing to take flight to escape our cold and snowy winter. As you pack your shorts, you should also turn your mind to taking measures to protect yourself in the event that you have an out-of-country medical emergency. Emergencies whilst travelling do happen, if you do end up making a …

Warnings for Winter Warriors

We are now well into another exceptionally cold winter. While freezing temperatures and mountains of snow may make many people want to stay indoors, others race outside to take advantage of the ideal conditions for winter activities. This blog post will discuss the case of Crocker v. Sundance Northwest Resorts Ltd., a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada that involved an intoxicated person who …

Winter Safety Tips for Parents and Daycare Facilities

By Michelle Jorge and Sadaf Tahriri As temperatures continue to drop throughout Canada, forcing a deep freeze and leading Environment Canada to issue an extreme cold warning, it is important that children are protected from the dangers of winter weather and winter activities. Parents and daycare facilities are reminded that when children are playing outside, they should regularly be checked on to ensure that they …

Sidewalks: Do you Have to Shovel Them?

Most homeowners are aware that they do not own the sidewalk that surrounds their property – the municipality does. But as winter sets in and snow starts to fall, what does this mean for you?   Generally speaking, homeowners are not legally responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks surrounding their property. As the owner of the sidewalk, the municipality is ultimately liable under Ontario’s Occupiers’ …