October 29, 2019

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Murphy Battista

Teen Safety and Halloween

Teen Safety and Halloween

For a teenager, the attraction of attending Halloween parties far outweighs staying home watching a scary movie or two. As a responsible, caring parent, it’s vital to have an open conversation with your teenager about managing expectations and their safety without the drama. Below are some steps to take before…

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May 1, 2019

Joe Battista

Joe Battista

Motorcycle Safety Awareness

Motorcycle Safety Awareness

Although any accident has the potential to end in a serious injury, in our experience motorcyclists are particularly prone to being involved in collisions that have catastrophic consequences for the rider. Notably, our anecdotal experience is backed up by hard data. The US non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)…

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March 1, 2019

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

How I Got My Identity Back

How I Got My Identity Back

In honour of Music Therapy Awareness Month, I wanted to share my story of how music helped me get my identity back. Picture a little girl in a frilly blue dress, singing dramatically alongside a TV flickering with images of Disney’s 1987 classic, The Little Mermaid. Right now she’s belting…

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December 10, 2018

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Murphy Battista

Holiday Parties: Liability and Your Responsibilities as a Host and a Partygoer

Holiday Parties: Liability and Your Responsibilities as a Host and a Partygoer

T’is the season of the holiday party. The time of year when there is lots of cheer (and beer). However, as fun as holiday parties can be, they can also lead to a legal nightmare. With the recent legalization of cannabis, hosts won’t only be concerned about the liability risks…

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October 3, 2018

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

The Fuel Tax Refund and Disability Tax Credit

The Fuel Tax Refund and Disability Tax Credit

Tax season has a way of sneaking up on you. While most people find doing their taxes about as enjoyable as a root canal, in and among all that paperwork, there may be some extra dollar bills that you can claim. Two options available to those with a disability are…

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November 30, 2017

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Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Importance of Fitness for the Spinal Cord Injury Community

It is no secret that being physically active is important, but this is of the utmost importance for those living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). People living with SCI are more prone to health risks such as blood clots and obesity, which could lead to more complex cardiovascular diseases.…

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October 26, 2016

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Murphy Battista

How to keep your kids safe this Halloween

If the movie Hocus Pocus taught you anything, it’s that Hallowe’en has its fair share of both excitement and hazards. From checking to see if candy is safe to eat, to being accompanied by an adult, distractions run rampant on the night and your child’s safety is of utmost importance.…

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June 23, 2015

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Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Is a Co-Op the Right Accommodation for You? Things You Should Know About Housing Cooperatives

Broadview Housing Cooperative Located on West Broadway and Waterloo, Vancouver, B.C., is where I’ve called home for the past 6 years. I found out about this place through word of mouth at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre where I work out in the gym on a regular basis. After applying and…

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What you Should Know about Litigation Financing

The process of litigating a personal injury claim can be an incredibly stressful experience. The physical consequences of an accident can disrupt your social life, create conflict with your work and family responsibilities, and can have a dramatic effect on your mood. Further, to attempt to litigate a personal injury claim…

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March 24, 2015

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DJ Lam, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Disability Tax Credit: Recent Changes and Things to Know

Last summer, the federal government passed the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act. A piece of legislation intended to “better protect disabled Canadians from the predatory practices of some disability tax credit promoters.” In addition to providing increased protection to disabled persons from unscrupulous consultants, the Act has been instrumental…

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