Archive for the ‘ Transportation ’ Category

TRAUMA SEASON IS HERE: KEEP SAFE & AVOID INJURIES

summer-drivingWith the deep freeze of winter finally behind us, the anticipation of summer being around the corner is causing people to get outside in droves to enjoy the sites and sounds of our city streets and neighborhoods. Joggers, bikers, skateboarder and other pedestrians and motorists are beginning to emerge in full force sharing the roads and sidewalks. Welcome to “Trauma Season”.

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PITFALLS, POTHOLES AND FALLING CONCRETE: PROBLEMS WITH THE MINIMUM MAINTENANCE STANDARDS

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With one of the coldest months on record finally behind us, Ontarians are getting a knack for braving subzero temperatures this winter. Unfortunately, Ontarians will continue to feel the chilling effect of the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (“MMS”) long after the snow has gone.

Recent news about a large chunk of concrete allegedly falling from the Gardiner Expressway Bridge and smashing into the windshield of an unsuspecting motorist below is yet another reason why municipalities’ standards of care should be reviewed.

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$12 Million Settlement Agreement Approved in Air France Landing Mishap

A  $12 million class action settlement has been approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in relation to an August 2005 incident where Air France flight 358 overshot the landing strip causing the aircraft to skid into a  ravine where it burst into flames. The plane was carrying 297 passengers onboard plus a crew of 12.

The flight had originated from Paris and encountered a severe thunderstorm upon landing at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Of all those onboard,  184 joined the class action settlement as many  others  either settled independently with Air France, or commenced separate actions.

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