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Seeing Through the Haze of Canadian Marijuana Laws

As Canada nears the likely legalization of marijuana for recreational use, a host of issues will impact on users for medical purposes. As a result of growing awareness, more claims from motor vehicle accident victims are likely to be made for this treatment. Presently, the possession, distribution and production of marijuana is illegal. An exception to this applies to medicinal use. Effective August 24, 2016, the Federal Government replaced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). This change resulted from [...]

By | 2016-11-03T21:42:29+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Blog, Community Involvement|0 Comments

5 Ways to Protect Your Belongings In Case of an Insurance Claim

Singer Kwinter’s Jason Singer shares insightful information on protecting your belongings in case of an insurance claim. This posting was originally distributed in the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter on August 30, 2016. Please click here to read the original posting. The most valuable and important tangible asset for most people is their home. It provides protection, comfort, and equity. It can also be our largest investment and expense. It is therefore critically important to make sure it is properly protected in the rare case of a loss. Here are 5 ways to [...]

THREE SINGER KWINTER LAWYERS NAMED TO 2016 CANADIAN LEGAL LEXPERT® DIRECTORY

Singer Kwinter is proud to announce that three of our lawyers have been selected by their peers for ranking in the 2016 Lexpert® Directory as leading legal practitioners in Canada – Alf Kwinter, Jason Katz and Jason Singer. Congratulations to Alf, Jason and Jason for their hard work and this prestigious recognition in the Canadian legal community.   Click here to read Singer Kwinter’s Lexpert profile.

Getting Legal: A Breakdown of the 2012 Chief Coroner’s Cycling Death Review

In June 2012 the Office of the Chief Coroner released a report having reviewed some 129 deaths of Ontarians from cycling related accidents from 2006 to 2010.  The report put out 14 recommendations which included the following: Adoption of a “complete streets” approach – focused on the safety of all road users – to guide the redevelopment of existing communities and the design of new communities throughout Ontario. Development of an Ontario Cycling Plan to guide the development of policy, legislation and regulations and the commitment of infrastructure funding to [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Tenants Insurance: How does this relate to biking?

One major difference between homeowners and renters is having insurance. If you have a mortgage, having home insurance is mandatory. There is no choice. If you rent, there is a choice. As a renter, you have a choice to buy what is called “Tenants Insurance”. You should strongly consider buying it for a couple reasons. Your landlord’s insurance policy doesn’t cover your possessions. If there is a fire or a water leak or a theft, your landlord will get insurance funds to pay for the losses to their building. All [...]

By | 2016-06-23T11:28:07+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Blog, Community Involvement, General, Insurance Claims|0 Comments

GETTING LEGAL: Sharing the Road with E-bikes: What You Need to Know

Sharing the Road with E-bikes:  What You Need to Know Is an e-bike considered a motor vehicle? How does the law define an e-bike? Do I need to carry insurance or other documentation when I drive one? When riding along College Street in Toronto, you may have pondered one of these questions. Whether you own an e-bike or share the road with one, it is important to understand the rules for operating e-bikes and how they are classified under various laws in Ontario. Who is eligible to drive e-bikes and [...]

Changes to Accident Benefits DO Impact Cyclists!

When someone is injured by a motor vehicle, statutory accident benefits provide funding for treatment, attendant care and various other needs. On June 1, 2016, significant changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule will come into effect. To obtain further details of the changes, please click on the following link: https://singerkwinter.com/practice-areas/insurance-claims/accident-benefit- claims/ These changes will drastically decrease the amount of accident benefits available to an accident victim. The total accident benefits for treatment and attendant care available for victims who are moderately injured are reduced by 25%, and for victims who are catastrophically injured by [...]