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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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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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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When Is An Allergy A Disability?

On August 13, 2012, in Richmond, Vancouver, by Rosalie McLachlin

Airplane Cabins Raise Questions for Sensitive Passengers Back in the Madmen days, airlines reserved a few rows at the front and rear of a plane as a “smoking section” for people to light up. Today, airlines are reserving rows of seats for an entirely different reason: as “buffer zones” for people with disabling allergies and […]

Watch Who You Trust

On August 2, 2012, in British Columbia, Vancouver, Victoria, by Rosalie McLachlin

A Lesson Learned from A Smooth-Talking Advisor When you sign up for a policy, you trust that the person who is handing your payments is looking after your best interests. “Trust” was one of Lynne Rae Nickford’s favourite words. In a six-minute video promoting her company LZ Wealth Management, the BC financial adviser re-assures her […]

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The Medium is the Message

On July 26, 2012, in Kelowna, Toronto, by Jason Hall

The number one complaint the Canadian Human Rights Commission receives is in the area of disability. According to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “no one should be discriminated against because of a disability”. A recent news story in Kelowna provided some insight into why this is the case. The video below is about a […]

Disabled, “Yes”; Unemployable, “No”

On July 19, 2012, in British Columbia, Burnaby, Canada, Kootenays, Nelson, Quebec, Richmond, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg, by Jason Hall

This week, the Government of Canada’s 2012 Economic Action Plan is being felt in Winnipeg where 30 people with disabilities are receiving funding to gain the skills they need to get jobs. By investing an additional $30 million over three years into the Opportunities Fund,  more Canadians with disabilities have the opportunity to become gainfully employed. […]

Canada’s Top-Five Employers for People with Disabilities

On May 25, 2012, in Gatineau, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, by Jason Hall

Many large companies and government organizations rely on partnership with disability societies to surpass standard employment practices. By offering comprehensive employment opportunities to people with disabilities, they are, in effect, improving working conditions for all. The cross-country survey of best employers for people with disabilities describes initiatives taken by five employers. Where once people with […]

Long-Term Disability Claims: A Cross-Country Check

On May 3, 2012, in Burnaby, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Yukon, by Jason Hall

From coast to coast to coast, Canadians with long-term disabilities are finding their rights increasingly eroded, both from private insurers and government regulations. Amid a climate of restraint, it has become easier to role back hard won victories made by and for some of our most vulnerable citizens, but it’s not all bad news. Let’s […]

 
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