Safety Category Archives

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’ …

‘Tis the Season – Winter Road Safety Tips

Winter is known for treacherous weather and subpar driving conditions. The weather and resulting road conditions add an additional element of distraction for drivers, which can lead to dangerous conditions for our cyclists and pedestrians.

But It Was Just An Accident!

How many times have we heard that utterance? An accident happens, someone gets injured or dies, and during legal proceedings the injured person points blame at the “tortfeasor” (the person who caused the accident). But the presence of an injury does not necessarily mean that the tortfeasor was negligent. Yes, oftentimes, accidents are just accidents, if they could have been avoided by ordinary caution by …

Impaired Driving Over the Holidays

This is a topic that we unfortunately have to revisit every year. With the holiday season right around the corner, many of us will be going to parties and holiday gatherings. These events often involve drinking and now that it is officially legalized, recreational marijuana will be an added concern. While the vast majority of people do not drive while impaired, there are always going …

When it comes to motorcyclists, it’s a David v. Goliath world out there

When it comes to professional fighting, fighters in the ring are separated by weight class, which only seems fair. Yet, when it comes to Ontario’s roads, there’s no such separation between vehicles. Unfortunately, for motorcyclists in particular, this poses inherent risk when sharing road space with other vehicles ranging from cars to 18-wheelers.

Do You Have a Fire Safety Plan?

This week from October 8 to October 14, 2017, marks Fire Prevention week across Canada. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts : Plan 2 Ways Out!” Do you have a fire safety plan for your home? If you have a fire, how will you get out safely? How will you get your loved ones out? Where will you meet to make sure everyone is …