Richmond Hill Law Blog

Larger vehicles make it unsafe for Ontarian pedestrians

According to CBC News, at 38 deaths, more pedestrians died in tragic and preventable accidents in 2018 than the prior year. More than half of the Canadians killed on city-controlled roads in Toronto are pedestrians, while only four cyclists faced fatalities. While the 2018 figures do not represent an all-time high for Ontario’s capital, local authorities warn that drivers and police officers should not become complacent as the numbers still give cause for concern. According to a review published by the Office [...]

Brain injuries are not always detected quickly

Brain injuries are complex injuries. Generally speaking, they occur when the brain hits itself against the walls of the skull during a high-impact situation, such as a car accident. However, because the damage is internal, it is not always easy to spot right away following an accident. A recent article published by the Toronto Star describes the ordeal of a Canadian-born pop singer, Kiesza. The article states that two years ago, Kiesza was in a car accident while in an Uber, and [...]

The dangers of E. coli as a foodborne illness

Early this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control finally announced the end of an E. coli outbreak that affected 62 people in America and 29 in Canada. According to NBC News, the infections were traced back to romaine lettuce farms in California. E. coli with the same DNA strain was found on one farm in particular. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration do not believe one farm alone could be responsible for such a large outbreak. NBC News estimates that [...]

Safety lapses at the heart of deadly train crashes

In 2014, CNN reported on the deadly 2013 train crash in Quebec. From derailment to explosion, the train crash went down in Canadian history as one of the deadliest. A month after the crash already took place, news agencies reported that 2,000 residents had been evacuated, 53 vehicles were totaled, 40 buildings were demolished and 47 people died. After investigations were completed, the Transportation Safety Board found several causes behind the crash. All of them amounted to one primary issue: safety lapses. [...]

Canada investigates GM brake performance problems

In 2016, CBC News reported that GM planned to recall 473,000 trucks and SUVs in North America. Canadians owned more than 46,8000 of these vehicles. GM reported that the brake pedal could loosen and stop working due to a nut coming loose on the pivot mechanism for the brake pedal. Canadian safety regulators also found that this issue could cause brake lights to stay on for longer than usual. At the time of this initial announcement, GM said they had received no [...]

Paralyzed Canadians may soon walk again

Paralysis is one of the most expensive disabilities to live with in Canada. It is also one of the most lifechanging. According to the National Institutes of Health, people suffering from spinal cord injuries paid from $336,000 to $479,600 in medical costs. For people who may lose the ability to work or even care for themselves, the effects are even more catastrophic than mere dollar signs on a balance sheet. It is no wonder then that so many Canadians are excited [...]

Tips for a safer summer road trip

The sun’s out, and beach shores and camping grounds are calling. It’s summer vacation season - a time for families to build fun, long-lasting memories in new and different locations. A summer vacation is only as great as the memories made. And most families don’t want to remember a car collision or visiting the emergency room during a vacation. Unfortunately, the summer can be a prime time for accidents, so it’s important to remember safe summer driving precautions. As posted [...]

New law enforces strict penalties for distracted driving

Distracted driving is a common problem throughout Ontario, and it may lead to serious car accidents and injuries. While many drivers understand that it is not safe to perform other actions while driving, they are often still tempted to text or use their phones. Recent changes to Ontario's road safety laws provide significant penalties for drivers who get convictions for distracted driving. CBC News reports that the new distracted driving penalties come as part of Ontario's legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. [...]

How can a traumatic brain injury impact a person’s life?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause a wide range of effects. A person's physical ability may be limited, while emotional and psychological effects are also quite common. Because TBI can be difficult to manage, for both the patient as well as family and friends, the Mayo Clinic offers the following information. TBI has numerous causes. Car accidents are a common factor in serious head injuries, especially when vehicle occupants aren't wearing their seatbelts. Fall can also cause a great deal of damage, which [...]

How are spinal cord injuries treated?

Spinal cord injuries can have many serious ramifications depending on how severe the damage is. This means treatment is often necessary for a person to recover full or partial ability. The Mayo Clinic explains a few of the different treatment methods utilized when addressing spinal cord injuries. In serious cases, emergency care will need to be administered right away. The first step is to stabilize the patient to prevent the injury from getting worse. If breathing is at risk, the emergency care [...]

Common causes of car accidents

If you drive in Ontario, you are constantly facing risks. Not staying alert and engaging in risky driving behavior can lead to serious accidents. The following discusses some of the common causes of car accidents so you can be a better driver on the road. According to the HuffPost, human error is the most common factor in car crashes. Obviously, driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is extremely dangerous, and it leads to the most fatal accidents. Other common [...]

Selling a Haunted House

A plaintiff appeared in a court case in front of Justice Sloan's benches. The plaintiff purchased a commercial property in Kitchener from the defendant in September 2010. On December 28, 2010 a local newspaper article appeared about the subject property headlined "and it's haunted". After this article surfaced, plaintiff wanted to opt out of the purchase. However, there is almost no case law on the stigmatization of property in Canada and whether or not a vendor is obligated to disclose [...]

What is a first time Home Buyers Tax Credit (HBTC)?

The first time Home Buyers Tax Credit on line 369 of your tax return is a credit you receive from the federal government when you purchase a home. This credit was introduced in the 2009 budget as a relief measure for first time homebuyers. You can claim the tax amount based on an amount of $5,000. The tax refund amount is calculated by multiplying the lowest personal income tax rate for the year that the transaction of the new home [...]

Who Owns the Tree on a Property Boundary Line?

A tree on a property line in Ontario is jointly owned by both property owners based on a ruling by Justice J. Patrick Moore on May, 17 2013 in the Ontario Court of Appeal. This ruling delivered referencing to an obscure provision found in the Ontario Forestry Act. The landmark case was identified as "Hartley vs. Scharper", the residents of 168 and 170 Humewood Drive, Toronto. The Ontario Forestry Act provision states: Trees Common Property: Every tree whose trunk is [...]