Ask a Lawyer: Should We Broadcast Court Proceedings?

Ask a Lawyer: Should We Broadcast Court Proceedings?

Recently, Justice Denny Thomas in Edmonton allowed television cameras inside the courtroom to broadcast his long-awaited decision in the Travis Vader murder case. His decision to allow cameras has stirred up the debate on whether or not to allow cameras into Canadian courtrooms. Broadcasting inside courtrooms is nothing new in the United States but is extremely rare in Canada. Many of us remember the O.J. Simpson trial …

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 …

Total Disability: Not So Total After All!

Total Disability: Not So Total After All

Insurance companies often argue that if a person can do part-time work, then they are not “Totally Disabled”. Or, if a person can do some job tasks, then they are not “Totally Disabled”. This makes sense on its face, but these arguments are wrong in law! Courts and Arbitrators have found that “Total Disability” and “Complete Inability” are legal terms of art and, as such, they should not be interpreted literally.

Concussion Research Strengthens Case for Youth Sports Safety Legislation

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New research published in the Journal of Neurotrauma provides compelling evidence regarding the long-term effects of concussion on the brain. The results are relevant and informative to all who have suffered a traumatic brain injury; they highlight the importance of moving forward with legislative initiatives such as Rowan’s Law, which will further protect those who engage in sport.