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I Have Diabetes: Am I Eligible for Disability Benefits?

I Have Diabetes: Am I Eligible for Disability Benefits?

As far as the law is concerned, diabetes is much like any other medical condition. If the disease limits your ability to do your job, it can be grounds for a short or long term disability claim. So, how can diabetes impact you at work? To a certain extent, the answer will depend on the specific nature of your job. For example, many people with diabetes experience numbness in their extremities. If you have a physical job that requires you to spend long hours on your feet – or one that needs fine motor skills with your hands – that can make it nearly impossible to perform...
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How Drake’s Creative Partner Learned to Take Care of His MS

How Drake’s Creative Partner Learned to Take Care of His MS

Toronto’s Noah Shebib may not be a household name, but nearly everyone is familiar with his music. Better known as “40,” Shebib is the chief architect of Drake’s signature sound, and he has produced some of the biggest hits of the past decade as the rapper’s right-hand man.   Shebib has also been living with Multiple Sclerosis since he was 22. His condition is one of the few things that can draw him into the spotlight. After he received his diagnosis, Shebib spent the next 10 years largely ignoring his MS, neglecting to take his medication as he toured the world...
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Loneliness in a World of Social Distancing

Loneliness in a World of Social Distancing

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone as they do in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that before the pandemic, an astonishing 23 percent of the country experienced extreme loneliness and social isolation. Imagine the number in the time since.  The mandatory measures currently in place restricting people from visiting their friends and loved ones have no doubt ushered in new mental health challenges stemming from...
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How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

As the world adjusts to the new, albeit temporary normal of COVID-19, we are learning how to go about our daily lives while practicing safe self-isolation and adhering to proper social distancing standards. But what if you have a loved one with a disability that needs your help? There is no simple trick, but there are options that can help.  Grocery Delivery Services Major supermarkets have invaluable resources such as online grocery ordering either for pickup or delivery, depending on the location. Loblaws’ Instacart service, Longo’s Grocery Gateway, No...
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Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Jessica was always a creature of habit. A fan of routine, she’d been following the same one every day for the past decade. She’d start her day with a coffee and a lift to work from her husband. She’d sit on the same park bench every lunch, and then walk home when the day was done to get her exercise in. In fact, it was this walk home that was her favourite part of her day as it gave her time to relax and focus on herself.  Then, one day, she was attacked on her evening walk home. Someone had crept out from behind a nearby building, grabbed her, and threatened her...
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After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

Jacob, 33, had spent the better part of a year working the rigours of Toronto’s numerous hi-rise construction projects when one day he suddenly had excruciating back pain, too much to bear and an ambulance was called.  He had suffered from mild back pain for the last couple of years, yet it had never stopped him from working. At the emergency room Jacob was told that he had herniated several discs in his back and he also suffered from Degenerative Disc Disease.  Jacob made use of his short-term disability benefits in the hopes that some time off would...