Author: Van Dyke Law

Ontario residents find themselves in strange and unfamiliar times. A state of emergency has been declared by the Province of Ontario to deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic. For people in the workers compensation system, this may be a particularly stressful time. After all, pain and disability don’t stop just because most offices are closing […]

Do you know how many people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes in Canada since 1950? 235,000. 235,000 children, parents, siblings, friends and loved ones lost on Canadian roads due to vehicle collisions. The number is staggering. It may come as no surprise, then, that Canada ranks 16th in the world for road safety […]

The construction industry faces a lot of challenges when it comes to workplace safety. While Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer recently noted that 2019 saw some improvements over 2018 in terms of fatalities in this sector, the Ministry of Labour admits there is “high potential for injury, given the nature and conditions of the work.” Following […]

Earlier this month, OPP Sgt Kerry Schmidt shared that since January 1st, 2020, more than 400 Ontario drivers have been caught or charged with impaired or dangerous driving–in the GTA alone.¬†Clearly, despite all we know about the horrors of impaired driving, many people are still making deadly choices when they get behind the wheel. “The […]

During an Ontario winter, ice and snow come with the territory–injuries don’t need to. In today’s post, we will discuss some of the most common winter injuries and how you can take steps to avoid injury to yourself and others. Sport & Recreation-Related: Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, playing hockey or skating, always remember to […]

What comes to mind when you imagine dangerous jobs? Policing or firefighting or perhaps heavy industrial factory work? What about elementary school teacher? Or farmer? Over the past few months, Ontario researchers, worker advocates and unions have been raising awareness about the unexpected dangers of certain workplaces. Elementary Schools Facing the Facts: The Escalating Crisis […]

Most people are happy to set back their clocks annually as the extra hour of sleep is a most welcome bonus at a time of year that is beginning to get dark and dreary. Research indicates that there is a noticeable spike in motor vehicle collisions after we “spring forward” early in the year, a […]

ATVs (also known as quads or off-road vehicles) are a popular recreation and transportation option in Ontario, and with the leaves changing colour and hunting season in full swing, fall is a favourite season for many ATV riders. Like snowmobiling, ATVing has many enthusiasts, most of who play it safe and respect the rules of […]

Halloween is tomorrow, and popular advice tends to be focused on how children can keep themselves safe while trick-or-treating: being visible by using lots of reflective tape and flashlights, choosing face paint rather than masks or hoods, making sure costumes aren’t tripping hazards and being extra careful when crossing the street. This is all good […]

To resolve the pressing problems of occupational disease and the difficulty sick workers have in getting compensation, one expert says that latest WSIB review won’t cut it. Jim Brophy is an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor who has been studying occupational disease for more than 30 years. In a recent interview with the […]