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Housing Information: Ontario

Housing Information: Ontario

Whether you are renting your property, are a renter, own your home, or are in between living situations, it’s essential to know what resources and services are available to you in your area. Share Lawyers has compiled a list of Ontario housing information and resources for those who call Ontario home. Ontario Housing Information Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Assistance Programs For more information are available to first-time homeowners visit the CMHC website. Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada Ontario Region ………. 1-800-268-2537 CHF Canada works to...
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Legalization of Marijuana in Canada & Long Term Disability Claims

Legalization of Marijuana in Canada & Long Term Disability Claims

It is now old news that Canada has become the 2nd country in the world to legalize marijuana, as noted in this CNN article. The Canadian government has done this in order to normalize the market for marijuana and to allow the Canadian economy to benefit from this new legal market. Legalization has created a significant demand for legal services to address the numerous issues for society at large, as noted in a recent article by Jim Middlemiss in Canadian Lawyer magazine. While the feeding frenzy in the business world ramps up, society is trying to grapple with how to deal...
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Defendant’s Refusal to Mediate Results in Increased Costs Award

Defendant’s Refusal to Mediate Results in Increased Costs Award

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice suggests that while mediation may not be mandatory in every court jurisdiction in Ontario, a party’s failure to participate (usually the insurance company or self-insured employer in a disability insurance case), could result in an increased cost award at the end of the trial. In the case of Canfield v. Brockville Ontario Speedway[i], which was released on May 28, 2018, Mr. Justice Mew awarded additional costs against the defendants where they unreasonably refused to participate in mediation that had been proposed...
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Not All Mobility Disabilities Can Be Seen

Not All Mobility Disabilities Can Be Seen

What do you think of when you think about a person with disabilities? Can you see their disability? What often comes to mind is someone with physical signs of disability – maybe a wheelchair, hearing device, visible limp, or cane. According to the World Health Organization, over 15% of the world’s population identifies with having a hidden disability. Mobile disabilities or impairments refers to the inability to use one or more of following: use of arms or legs, lack of strength to walk, grasp, or lift heavy objects. While these kinds of disabilities can be caused...
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Ask a Lawyer: Mobility

Ask a Lawyer: Mobility

We understand that as medical conditions develop or worsen, an individual’s mobility can drastically change. We hear from clients every day who are unsure of what steps they can take either before filing a long term disability claim or after they have been denied. We have compiled several common questions that are available on the Ask A Lawyer section of our website. If I have a Private Policy, am I entitled to disability benefits if I work at a different occupation? The policy wording is crucial. Many private policies are sold as paying out benefits if you cannot work in...