Ontario Leads The Way with Disability Legislation for the Workplace

On November 2, 2012, in Ontario, by Jason Hall

The Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act Ontario was recently updated with new regulations for persons. There is a push to ensure this Act is slated to be fully-accessible throughout Ontario by 2025. It was created as “An Act to improve the identification, removal and prevention of barriers faced by persons with disabilities and to […]

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An Asphalt Shooting Defies Jurisdictions

On October 16, 2012, in Gatineau, Ontario, Ottawa, Quebec, by Rosalie McLachlin

Ottawa Father Shot, Then Caught in Insurance Hell After a 70-year-old hunter shot him in the foot, an Ottawa father of two finds he doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to settling a disability claim. He’s now reaching out to lawyers to recover what little he can. Earlier this year, Andrew […]

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Tripped-Up Travel Insurance

On October 8, 2012, in British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver Island, by Rosalie McLachlin

DATELINE: Gold River, BC VIDEO LINK: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2012/trippedup/ Confusion on Medical Questions Results in Denied Claims Attention snowbirds, backpackers, and other travellers: if the cooling weather is turning your thoughts to warmer locales, scrutinize your travel health insurance policy. Your answer to a qualifying question on the medical check-list could give an insurance company an excuse […]

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Caught On Film?

On October 1, 2012, in Yukon, by Rosalie McLachlin

You Can Dispute Disability Video Evidence “Video evidence is a lot like nitroglycerin,” writes James Careless in an article for attorney members of the Canadian Bar Association. “Properly handled, it can demolish an opposing counsel’s case. Carelessly managed, it can blow up in your face.” Valerie Royle and her “fraud squad” at the Yukon Workers’ […]

Is Your Doctor Putting Your Disability Claim at Risk?

On September 24, 2012, in London, Ontario, by Jason Hall

Doctors Avoiding Paperwork Doctors care about us and try to do the best they can. But sometimes, as in the case of an Ontario rehabilitation physician, they can drown in their own paperwork. And that can affect the speed and success of a disability claim. Your disability claim. As a physiatrist, Emilie Newell specializes in […]

Aging and Accessibility Go Hand-In-Hand

On September 17, 2012, in Canada, Victoria, by Rosalie McLachlin

Baby boomers create demand for universal design September 23 to 29 is Active Aging Week, and we think that’s something to celebrate. After all, with their growing personal interest in accessibility, Canada’s aging boomers are smoothing the path for people living with disabilities. Here’s an interesting coincidence: in 2006 Statistics Canada found that almost 14 […]

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Everyone NEADS A Little Help

On September 10, 2012, in Carleton University, Ottawa, by Rosalie McLachlin

Ottawa-based Group Supports Students with Disabilities For some, September is not a rosy, red-apple time. It’s a battle between our determination to get back to school, and the everyday challenges that impede it. Thank heavens for resources like NEADS. What is NEADS? Based out of Carleton University in Ottawa, the National Educational Association of Disabled […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Approved by WorkSafeBC

On September 3, 2012, in British Columbia, Canada, Whistler, by Rosalie McLachlin

Traumatized dog-sledder wins claim, but pleads guilty Attention farmers, horse racers, veterinarians, butchers, and tourism operators: if you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), you may successfully file a claim with an organization such as British Columbia’s WorkSafeBC. But at what price? Back in January 2011, the general manager for a Whistler, BC, dog-sledding company […]

ICBC Outrage Abounds for Managers and Clients

On August 26, 2012, in British Columbia, Victoria, by Rosalie McLachlin

Who Has The Worst Disability? This is the story of Bert and Jon. Both live in British Columbia, both are pretty outraged with ICBC, and both—we would suggest—are living with a disability. Jon Schubert works for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) as its Chief Executive Officer. He must have been doing a pretty […]

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Be Aware of the “Disability Managers” at Your Workplace

On August 20, 2012, in Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo, by Rosalie McLachlin

Disability and Absenteeism Pity the employer. It’s a beautiful summer’s day and—as a manager of a public or private sector workforce—a manager must grapple with increasing absenteeism. And according to Statistics Canada, an employee who is absent due to disability may require some management. What is disability management and absenteeism? Disability management is “…a deliberate […]