Author: Van Dyke Law

A recent study published in the journal Injury Prevention reveals some troubling data about Ontario children involved in pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. Dr. Linda Rothman, a senior research associate at Sick Kids and the study’s lead author, puts it bluntly: “Simply put, poorer children are at an increased risk of getting hit by cars. Child pedestrian […]

This coming May 6 to 10th is the second annual Ontario Falls Awareness Week. During this week, “workplaces are encouraged to stop work for 15–30 minutes to have a safety talk about fall hazards specific to their work environment.” These safety talks should be tailored to each workplace’s needs, address specific workplace hazards (such as […]

Spring is on the way, and snowmobiling enthusiasts are enjoying the last few rides of the season. Unfortunately, it has been a fatal winter for 13 sledders in Ontario; the OPP recently reported that there have been 11 fatal accidents to date. At this time of year, with waterways beginning to thaw, the OPP notes […]

The past few months have held many ups and downs for former rubber industry workers and surviving family members in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The good news began late in 2018, when the WSIB announced it would review many previously denied claims, including those from rubber workers. More welcome news followed in January, when the government […]

Finally, some encouraging news for Ontario workers suffering from occupational cancer, and the families of those workers who have died of their illnesses. The Ministry of Labour has announced it is launching a review of occupation cancer, with a report due by the end of 2019. The government named Dr. Paul Demers to lead the […]

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, and the contents are grim: globally, 1.35 million people die every year in road traffic crashes. Warning that drastic action is needed, the report notes that “the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist.”  […]

The holiday season always brings a heightened awareness about the risks of impaired driving, and this year is no exception. Earlier this week, the federal government brought into force stricter impaired driving laws (Bill C-46) that give police officers more power to catch drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and impose stricter penalties […]

We’ve written before about the WSIB’s new chronic mental stress policy and how it covers workplace harassment. The policy was an overdue addition to Ontario’s workers’ compensation regime, but a recent audit conducted by the WSIB shows that the rate of approved claims is abysmally low. According to the Toronto Star, the audit revealed that […]

Everyone knows the old expression, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” This expression was meant to discourage children from engaging themselves against teasing or name-calling.  The rhyme has endured as a timeless, common-sense wisdom. However, as the world evolved, that old advice (“just ignore it”) is becoming less […]

Intrigue and mystery are not words that anyone expects or wants to hear associated with auto insurance, but unfortunately, these words seem to be appropriately applied to a recent case from the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) which is the body which adjudicates auto insurance disputes between insurers and claimants.  It is the “last stop” for […]