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Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that an astonishing 23 percent of the country experiences extreme loneliness and social isolation. That isolation correlates with many negative side effects that can have an impact on every area of a person’s life.   “Social isolation and loneliness are a symptom of our culture’s obsession with personal autonomy, leaving us living life as ‘I’ instead of ‘we,’” said Cardus...
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A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

Living with a chronic condition can make day-to-day life very difficult, if not unbearable. From one person to the next, each experience is unique, varied mostly by the severity of their condition and their access to help. For those who live alone, it changes things and makes the process of living with a disability even more difficult. Algar, a client of ours, was kind enough to grant us a peek into what a day in his life looks like. 48 years old and living alone in a single room in a house in Toronto, Algar deals with chronic pain. This is what a typical day in his life...
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Invisible Disabilities: Battling the Stigma at Work

Invisible Disabilities: Battling the Stigma at Work

Canadian disability law covers a wide range of conditions, including invisible disabilities like mental health issues, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. People with such conditions are entitled to the same rights and protections as people with visible impairments. In practice, however, there is still a stigma associated with invisible conditions. Many people simply won’t believe that a medical issue is legitimate unless they can see the effects with their eyes and they won’t hesitate to spread their doubts with friends or in the workplace. Despite the...
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The Link Between Workplace Stress & Mental Health

The Link Between Workplace Stress & Mental Health

People are increasingly aware of the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace. It is estimated that one in five Canadian workers are struggling with a mental health issue at any given time. That figure translates to roughly 3.4 million people, 500,000 of whom call in sick every week due to a mental health condition. However, many Canadians may not realize that work-related stress is one of the most significant contributors to those numbers. In a study of Canadian workers, the Globe and Mail found that a full 34% of those dealing with a mental health problems...
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What is the Make-Up of a Good Disability Lawyer or Advocate?

What is the Make-Up of a Good Disability Lawyer or Advocate?

The qualities required of a good disability insurance advocate are many and varied. Disability Insurance cases make their way through the Civil Justice system and the skills required of any civil litigation lawyer are required in disability insurance lawyers as well – but there are some additional qualities needed to be an effective and compassionate disability advocate. Below is a non-exhaustive list, in no particular order. Qualities Of A Good Disability Advocate: The Ability to Listen To opposing lawyers, to the medical providers, but most importantly to the...
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What If Lawyers Behaved Like the U.S. Presidential Candidates at Mediations?

What If Lawyers Behaved Like the U.S. Presidential Candidates at Mediations...

The bizarre US 2016 presidential election campaign has been difficult to turn away from for anyone who keeps an eye on the news. After watching the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it left me wondering how uncivil civil litigation would be if lawyers behaved liked politicians in the US election at a mediation. Mediation Is A Form Of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution that is required in lawsuits that are filed in Toronto, Ottawa and Windsor and is used with great frequency in all Ontario jurisdictions, and...