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Tuesday, May 07, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Benefits to insured student

Appeal by the insurer from a decision of the Automobile Injury Appeal Commission finding that the insured G was entitled to a loss of studies benefit under s. 121 of The Automobile Accident Insurance Act, to be paid based on her studying at a post-secondary level of education. ... [read more]

Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

How Ford makes crime victim compensation easier | Sam Goldstein

Premier Ford’s government is taking a lot of criticism for changes to the justice sector. The recent Ontario budget announced a 30 per cent reduction in Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding and eliminated certificates for refugee hearings altogether. A Toronto Star headline claimed victims of crime are about to be stiffed in compensation by the Ontario budget; and, the CBC proclaimed that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives were immunizing themselves from civil liability with proposed changes to the Proceedings Against Crown Act (PACA). ... [read more]

Friday, May 03, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Migrant workers fight back through courts, law reform advocacy silhouettefarmer_jpg

Migrant workers Maila Ceguerra, Lourdes dela Pena, Jesse Veneranda and Marisol Bobadilla have filed an Ontario small claims court action against recruitment agency Link4Staff Inc and their former employer Sharon Mushroom Farm. In addition to this civil action, Laxman Marsonia, the farm owner, faces human trafficking and misrepresentation-related charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Friday, May 03, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Clarity key in employers’ non-solicitation contracts, lawyers say Jason_Clayards_sm

Employers need explicit language in their non-solicitation agreements with employees if they hope to get pretrial injunctions to stop outgoing staffers from making off with clients, say lawyers of a Saskatchewan case involving a niche market insurance brokerage.   ... [read more]

Thursday, May 02, 2019 @ 2:45 PM

Making autonomous cars trustworthy Wi-ficars

Self-driving cars have finally made the jump from science fiction to reality. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 2:01 PM

Interpretative aid for dealing with catastrophic impairment discrimination medcontract.jpg

In my previous articles I outlined problems with the use of the June 2016, Catastrophic Impairment — Public Hospitals Guideline, Superintendent’s Guideline No. 01/16 as an interpretative aid to s. 3.1(5)i of the Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule (SABS 34/10), which would lead to inconsistent outcomes in the catastrophic impairment (CAT) designation process. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 2:40 PM

Reasons behind discriminatory impairment designation for injured children charts and money

Further to s. 3.1(5)i of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule 34/10 (SABS 34/10), a child who has a positive finding from medically recognized brain diagnostic technology of intracranial pathology as a result of an accident, but is admitted as an in-patient to a level 1 Trauma Centre like the Hamilton General Hospital (HGH), would not get an automatic catastrophic impairment (CAT) designation, because it is not on the Superintendent’s Guideline No. 01/16 list of public hospitals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Wrong side of the bridge: Discriminatory impairment designations for kids moneychartmeds.jpg

The purpose of the June 2016, Catastrophic Impairment — Public Hospitals Guideline, Superintendent’s Guideline No. 01/16 is to provide a list of the public hospitals for which in-patient admittance is one criterion for determining whether an insured child under the age of 18 at the time of the motor vehicle accident (MVA) has a traumatic brain injury. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 2:45 PM

Discriminatory ramifications, inconsistent impairment designations for injured kids moneymedicalchart.jpg

The Ontario legislature filed Bill 251/15 under Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.8 on Aug. 26, 2015, which amended the Ontario Regulation 34/10: Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule (SABS) — Effective Sept. 1, 2010, (SABS 34/10). It ushered in significant changes that came into force on June 1, 2016, such as the removal of the controversial and problematic Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) test as a means to obtain an automatic catastrophic impairment designation with a GCS score of nine or less. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

AXIS Insurance names new head of Canada claims

AXIS Insurance has appointed Margaret Mede as head of Canada claims, effective immediately. ... [read more]