Monthly Archives: November 2014

Ontario Auto Insurance Bill Deeply Flawed

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New Ontario Liberal auto insurance bill favours insurance industry profits at the expense of accident victims.

An Ontario Liberal government bill designed to reduce costs for the auto insurance industry entered public hearings on Wednesday.

Supporting the bill were groups such as the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the main lobby group for the auto insurance industry, as well as insurer heavy weights such as Aviva Canada.

Opposing the bill were groups representing accident victims such as the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform (FAIR). These and other groups argued passionately that a number of the changes in the bill would benefit insurers at the expense of accident victims. Continue reading

Ontario Conservatives Stall Minimum Wage, Worker Protection Bill

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Conservatives stall on Ontario legislation that would index the minimum wage to inflation and protect interns and vulnerable employees at temporary employment  agencies.

The Ontario legislative committee considering amendments to a bill on worker protection and the minimum wage spent Monday afternoon and evening mired in stalling tactics as the opposition Conservatives pulled out all stops to block a bill designed to improve working conditions for workers in low-wage, temporary employment.

The Tories, led in committee by right-wing MPP Randy Hillier, filed hundreds of stalling amendments on the bill, all of which had to be considered along with the handful of serious ones put forward by the Liberals and NDP. The Conservatives said the stalling tactics were being deployed because the Liberal Government invoked time allocation – a measure that cuts short debate and fast-tracks a bill through committee and the house. Continue reading