Ontario Doctors prohibited from “Pulling Plug” Without Consent

 

 

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently dealt with the issue of whether consent is required from a patient or his/her substitute decision maker for the withdrawal of treatment in an end of life situation.

 

The Facts:

This case involves Mr. Rasouli, a patient who has been kept alive since October 2010 on a mechanical ventilator while being fed through a feeding tube inserted into his stomach. He developed bacterial meningitis and ventricultitis following surgery, which caused a severe and widespread brain injury as well as damage to the brainstem and the spinal cord. Read more

Genetic Discrimination Debate: Should your DNA cost you?

Should insurance companies be permitted to charge higher premiums to those at greater risk for developing genetic diseases; or is this pure discrimination? Read more

Medication Errors Cause For Concern: Think Before You Pop That Pill

 

 

With approximately 422 million prescription bottles being filled up in Canada each year, it’s no wonder why medication errors are becoming very real concerns. The causes for these errors are still being researched further, but illegible doctor handwriting is likely one of several contributing factors.

One 81-year-old British Columbia woman, Nesta De Roy learned the hard way when she visited her pharmacist for a refill on blood pressure medication. Her pharmacist provided her with a bottle of new pills-identical in appearance to her last prescription, which she was to take every morning for two weeks. Unknown to her, these new pills were actually heavy sedatives-not the blood pressure medication she was expecting.  After complaining to family and friends about feelings of dizziness and drowsiness, she just assumed these were a normal part of  aging and didn’t think much of it. One day shortly after, she got behind the wheel of her car and crashed into a car dealership window. She lost consciousness for 15 minutes and narrowly escaped death. Read more

Is Cutting Off Inmate Old Age Security a Good Idea?

 

 

 

 

The Old Age Security (OAS) Pension is a monthly benefit available to most Canadians 65 years of age or older who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. You must apply to receive benefits.

On December 16, 2010, Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (also known as the Eliminating Entitlements for Prisoners Act) was signed into law. This law prevents federal prisoners over the age of 65 from receiving Old Age Security (OAS) Pensions while incarcerated. Read more

Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 billion: Why Should Canadians Care?

 

If you’re an enterprising entrepreneur with that game-changing product or service, there might be an investor waiting for you. In case you’re wondering, I’m not referring to Kevin O’Leary or any of his vulture capitalist cronies from Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank. The investor I’m talking about is worth more than all of those individuals combined. The investor I’m talking about is the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

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Suing For Dummies: Basic Things To Know Before Suing That Jerk


 

Starting up lawsuits are common occurrences nowadays. For the most part, the olden days of violence to solve money problems have been replaced with the Civil Justice System. Whether it’s collecting on a debt, or disputing a contract obligation, the following basic yet practical information may assist you in your next legal matter.

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To Die or Not to Die?: What Is Your Life Really Worth?

 

Would you be interested in making money off of your death even before you die?

Normally, those insured under a life insurance policy would expect that upon their death, financial benefits would be paid out to their beneficiaries under the policy.

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Hiring a Lawyer Just Got Cheaper: Learn How to Save Money on Your Next Legal Bill

 

 

Many middle class Canadians dread the thought of having to retain a lawyer. Whether it’s dealing with a personal injury, buying a home, filing for divorce, or putting financial affairs in order, obtaining affordable legal services has traditionally been a costly endeavor for most people. The most popular billing practices used by lawyers today include charging by the hour, working on a percentage basis, or fixed fee billing for work completed. However, there is a less commonly used legal billing practice that may offer clients the best value for their money through Prepaid Subscription Plans (PSPs).

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When Is Palliative Care Murder?

The Baby Boomer demographic accounts for one-third of the Canadian population and is fast approaching retirement. The Canadian Health Care System has seen its share of legal challenges but the issue of end of life care is deserving of greater attention in the coming decade. Read more

Class Actions: Moving Beyond Borders

As class proceedings in Canada continue to bloom from their relative infancy, the courts will play a key role in guiding the future directions of such proceedings. Now is the time for courts in Canada to lay the foundations for what is sure to become a class action packed future.  As part of this class action expansion into the Twenty First century, I will focus on the development of the jurisdictional boundaries at play within Canada in the context of class proceedings.

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