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. […]

Is Your Favourite Summer Sport Covered?

On July 5, 2012, in Canada, by Jason Hall

For most Canadians, the thought of a perfect summer holiday is a cabin by a lake in the woods, the loons calling, a steak on the barbie, and a cold one in hand. For others (perhaps yourself), summer is a great time to indulge in some adrenaline pumping sport, such as high-altitude hiking, base jumping, or heli-skiing […]

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Ontario Ombudsman Sees 30% Increase In Complaints

On June 27, 2012, in Ontario, by Jason Hall

The Ontario ombudsman’s office has been overwhelmed with an increase of  almost 30% more complaints than last year. Complaints include denied disability claims and with Ombudsman, André Marin and his staff beseiged, getting resolution may prove more difficult than usual. According the the Ontario ombudsman’s website, an Ombudsman “is an independent officer of the Legislature who investigates complaints […]

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Disability and the Law

On June 21, 2012, in Montreal, Quebec, by Rosalie McLachlin

There’s strange news out of Quebec these days with three tales of murder, extradition, and disabilities all strangely linked. The one getting the most media attention, of course, is about the dismemberment murderer, Luka Magnotta, just extradited from Germany and now awaiting trial at the Rivière-des-Prairies Detention Centre near Montreal. Magnotta, a part-time porn star […]

How Voluntary Disability Insurance Works

On June 7, 2012, in Canada, Montreal, by Jason Hall

Last week, it was announced that  the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, one of Canada’s most prominent financial institutions, has introduced a “flexible set of voluntary group disability insurance options”, including Voluntary Short Term Disability (VSTD) and Voluntary Long Term Disability (VLTD) for workers. This development is aimed primarily at US workers (Sun Life has […]

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 […]

How Safe Are Your Government Disability Benefits?

On May 17, 2012, in Canada, by Rosalie McLachlin

IFA Magazine just reported that the federal government is raising the eligibility level for disability benefits. James Farmer describes that the government is reducing state support and benefits. In his article he quotes Paul Avis of Canada Life Group Insurance, “Disability living allowance is only one component of support that is available from the State, […]