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’ …

‘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.

The Interaction Between Accident Benefits and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Car crashes often cause serious injuries, which can be long term and require substantial treatment. Some accident victims unfortunately become disabled as a result of their injuries.

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 …