Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Everything changes when you are injured so badly that you can no longer work. In those circumstances, whether it’s private insurance, WSIB or CPP disability, insurance is supposed to be there to replace the income you used to earn. But it can be daunting trying to figure out what benefits you might be able to […]

Winter is on its way, and with it, the certain inevitability of slips on ice and snow. This winter may be much like the previous ones, with one notable difference. Normally, more than 300,000 Canadians spend part or all of their winter in the US or Mexico, but the pandemic has put a stop to […]

From uranium workers in the 1970s, to asbestos workers in the 1990s, to rubber workers in the 2010s, the ongoing discovery of new occupational disease clusters is an unfortunate reality in Ontario. In 2020, yet another has been identified, and advocates want to get the word out to those who may be affected. The workplace […]

After a recent spate of wildlife collisions on Ontario’s roads, it’s a good time to review some strategies to avoid hitting deer and other wildlife while behind the wheel. Deer collisions happen year-round, but according to the Canada Safety Council, they “peak in October and November, which is the mating season and the time for […]

Throughout COVID-19, people have become increasingly aware of the heroes in our midst: front-line healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, truck drivers and other essential workers we take for granted in our everyday lives. Nurses and other healthcare staff have been in the spotlight as they bravely enter hospitals and care homes every day to care […]

It’s been a long time coming, but the WSIB has finally started approving claims for Parkinson’s Disease caused by McIntyre Powder. The fine aluminum powder was inhaled by miners as a preventive measure against a lung disease called silicosis from the 1940s through to the 1970s. The WSIB announced earlier this year that independent research […]

There’s a new road safety tool on the streets of Ottawa and other communities throughout Ontario: photo radar. Also known as “automated speed enforcement” (ASE), these speed cameras are now in place in various school zones in Ottawa as part of a pilot project, which began July 13th after a four-month delay due to the […]

After years of pressure from sick workers and their families and advocates, and a year and a half since the province announced a review, the wait is over. The findings of Ontario’s Occupational Cancer Review, headed by Dr. Paul Demers, were made public earlier this month in a report entitled Using scientific evidence and principles […]

Soaring boat and pool sales, scarce cottage rentals and no campsite vacancies mean one thing: Ontarians are looking to make the most of the summer in spite of COVID-19. While the pandemic has resulted in many cancelled travel and recreation plans, people are embracing the fact that boating and other water activities are still available. […]

When the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year, one of the biggest adjustments that many people had to make was a sudden shift to working from home. While not all jobs can be done remotely, many sectors do have at least some potential for telework and millions of Canadians found themselves doing just that in […]