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Christopher Dawson's Archive

Distracted Driving in Ontario

The cellphone prohibition while driving only applies to hand-held devices. If necessary, drivers may still have telephone conversations while driving so long as they use hands-free devices (such as Bluetooth devices). In addition, the law also does not apply to drivers in vehicles pulled off the roadway, vehicles that are lawfully parked, to 911 calls, […]...Read More

Pay Attention to This! Distracted Driving in Ontario

Most Ontario drivers are now well aware of the fact that it is illegal to use hand-held devices will driving. Since October 26, 2009, this new law has been in force. The “cell phone while driving ban” was introduced through Bill 118, which amended Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act. The amendment prohibits drivers from using hand-held […]...Read More

Safe Cycling & Injury Prevention

A bicycle is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA). This means that a cyclist has the same rights and responsibilities to obey all traffic laws as other road users. Cyclists charged for disobeying traffic laws will be subject to a minimum set fine and a Victim Surcharge fine of $20.00 for most […]...Read More

Riding Safely Through Summer – ATV Safety

As the summer heats up, more Ontarians are getting outdoors and making the most of the weather. A popular summer time activity for many is riding off-road vehicles (ATVs).  In fact, off-road vehicles have been steadily growing in popularity – from a recreation standpoint and a work use standpoint.   In Ontario, off-road vehicles are described […]...Read More

When a Dog is Not your Best Friend – Dog Attacks in Ontario

Dogs are one of the most popular pets in Canada. A recent survey estimates that there are 5.9 million dogs in Canada and 35% of Canadian households have a dog. If you have a look around your neighbourhood and actually take a dog count, you will probably be surprised by the number of families who […]...Read More

“Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario” is now “Spinal Cord Injury Ontario”

For the past several years, I have been a committee member with Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario – Southwest region. I am pleased to advise that the Canadian Paraplegic Association has recently had a membership vote to change their name to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. Recognizing that the association assists Ontarians living with all degrees of […]...Read More

Water Safety & Awareness

Last month, during the week of June 4th to 11th, 2011, Canada observed National Water Safety Week.  Indeed, water safety is a growing concern in Canada.  Though we have the great fortune of having what seems to be an abundance of water in this country, the tragic facts according to the Red Cross are that […]...Read More

Understanding Vehicle Damage Claims in Car Accidents

Winter is here!  There is no question that with the recent onslaught of snow squalls hitting Ontario we are having a wet and icy winter.  With the snow and ice come poor road conditions, and poor road conditions demand greater responsibility from all motorists.  Yet, inevitably, there will be bad drivers and car accidents.  What […]...Read More

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