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  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education
  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education
  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education

Latest News Articles

April 29, 2020

FAIR Letter to Minister of Health and Minister of Finance re access to MVA victim treatments and Covid19 policy 
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How Ottawa pressed the provinces not to claw back pandemic benefits

It took federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough an agonizing 19 days to inform the public that she wanted Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to be exempt from clawbacks under provincial and territorial social assistance and disability support programs.
 
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‘That’s not much of a discount’: Why some auto insurers still aren’t cutting rates for all during pandemic

Some drivers are questioning why they aren’t seeing a significant reduction in insurance rates given the lockdown’s eerily empty roads, especially in light of the insurance industry promising rebates and relief in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars.
 
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Echelon Insurance introduces financial relief options for auto insurance customers

Echelon Insurance joins other insurers in offering flexible financial options to auto insurance customers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its severe economic impact.
 
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Ontario regulator extends deadline for insurance agent license renewal

The regulator is extending the deadline for insurance agents, corporate agencies or partnerships to renew their license by 60 days after expiry. FSRA said that the extension will apply retroactively to March 15. It applies for licences due to expire at any time up to June 30, 2020. In addition, life insurance agents will also have a 60-day extension to complete their continuing education requirements.
 
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Auto insurers at coronavirus crossroads

Auto insurance firms across Canada have made a significant gear shift in response to the coronavirus crisis. As Canadians abide by ‘stay at home’ orders to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the amount of traffic on the roads and the number of kilometres driven have both decreased massively. As a result, auto insurers are experiencing far fewer claims, and, in the past four to six weeks, their loss ratios have significantly improved.
 
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Coronavirus: Ontario health care worker’s car quarantined by auto dealer

An Ontario health care worker had to wait six days to get her utility vehicle back from a Ford dealer after it was towed there on the way home from her shift at a long-term care institution.
 
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Three Key Tips to Completing The Application for Accident Benefits (OCF-1)

Anyone injured in any way by a motor vehicle in Ontario must complete and submit an Application for Accident Benefits (OCF-1) in order to qualify for important insurance benefits.
 
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How courts can step up to save drowning civil justice system

Our civil justice system was drowning before the COVID-19 crisis hit. It was being pushed under by the weight of our overly complicated rules; a scarcity of resources; and, perhaps most importantly, a lack of innovation and willingness to change. It costs far too much and takes far too long to litigate a claim. Most Ontarians have been priced out of accessing civil justice.
 
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What is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

If you have been injured by the negligence of another, you may be wondering about the value of your case. This is particularly so if your injuries are preventing you from working or involve extraordinary medical expenses. Indeed, near the beginning of a relationship with a new client, I am often asked about the value of his or her case. Almost always, my answer is that it will take some time and information-gathering in order to be able to answer this question. 
 
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Ontario disability funding should match COVID-19 emergency benefit: advocates

About 20 years ago, Isabella Gamk’s shelter allowance while on disability support provided her with nearly enough for a bachelor apartment in Toronto.

Fast forward through two decades and the situation has become increasingly inadequate, due to climbing average market rents and only marginal increases to disability payments.

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Report: Social Assistance Changes in Ontario, 2019

In November 2018, the provincial government announced a number of reforms to Ontario’s social assistance programs, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program, with the intention of helping recipients break the cycle of poverty.
 
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Ottawa’s pandemic plan should do more for people with disabilities

Like many other Canadians, and especially vulnerable people with severe and prolonged conditions, those who rely on the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP-D) benefit face heighted personal uncertainties along with increased living expenses due to the COVID-19 crisis.
 
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Raise ODSP OW Shelter and Basic Needs Allowances Now

We call on Premier Ford to double Ontario Disability Support (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) rates to bring them in line with the CERB, because if laid-off workers need $2000 a month to get by — so do people who receive ODSP and OW.
 
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Area Senator joins growing chorus calling for minimum basic income

According to a press release, the Senators support the feds’ emergency COVID-19 financial relief efforts but note the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) fails to provide necessary support to many Canadians who are “falling through the cracks.”
 
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Man stuck hours daily on floor while province closes Assistive Devices office

A Kitchener man has spent nearly a month stuck in his apartment after his wheelchair fell apart and a replacement has been delayed. Meanwhile, the province has shuttered its Assisted Devices Program office, which helps people access funds to pay for their wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/kitchener-man-spends-weeks-immobile-without-wheelchair-while-province-shutters-assistive-devices-office-1.554004

 

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