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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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 […]

 

Disability Claims: A Story of Two Women

On March 4, 2012, in Canada, Ottawa, Vancouver, by Rosalie McLachlin

Canadian women with disabilities are having trouble getting the respect they deserve. Increasingly, when workplace insurance is most needed, it’s denied. Here’s a story of what two Canadian women experienced when they found themselves with long-term disabilities. Fighting for Canada’s Female Soldiers The recent death of Captain Nichola Goddard serving in Afghanistan underlines that along […]

What To Do If Your Work-Related Disability Claim Is Denied

On February 29, 2012, in Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Vancouver, by Jason Hall

Chronic stress in the workplace cause is being blamed for increased disability claims in Canada, but as with many mental health issues, its harder to make a case for a disability claim. According to a survey Towers Watson, “Despite growing awareness and action, mental health conditions continue to be the most common reason for disability […]

Tax Credits for People with Long-Term Disabilities

On February 27, 2012, in British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver, by Jason Hall

On Monday, February 20, Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver Kingsway held a sold-out seminar on disability tax credit. It seems there is enough interest in this riding on long-term disability tax credits to pack the Trout Lake Community Centre on a rainy Monday night. As the promotional materials put it, “In our community, thousands of […]

Disability Denied for Carpenter Brings Tragedy

On January 28, 2012, in Vancouver, by Rosalie McLachlin

Last week’s disheartening news of the North Shore carpenter, who died in a fire after being denied disability coverage from the Provincial Government, points to the need for individuals to have good legal representation. Mr. Lalonde, a 53-year-old carpenter who worked in the Vancouver area for years, was known by the community as loyal, accomplished, […]

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