Holiday Greetings

December 1, 2001

Once again, the holiday season is upon us, bringing with it, an opportunity to reflect on the events of the past year. We are delighted with the continued, high level of interest and support for the Accident Benefit Reporter, as we examined the complex issues surrounding Bill 59 and traumatic personal injury.

In September, the Ontario government initiated a review of this legislation and we understand that there were more than sixty submissions in response, including one from our firm. In developing this submission, we attempted to obtain the opinions of treating professionals on needed changes to this legislation. Unfortunately, the tight timing of the current review process limited the opportunity for suitable discussion. The Thomson Rogers submission is summarized in this current issue, and is posted on our web site. We welcome feedback and questions from readers of the Accident Benefits Reporter at [email protected].

We plan to continue this discussion in 2002, starting with a daylong workshop and forum, which is planned for Riverdale Hospital on January 25, 2002. Mr. John R. O’Toole M.P.P., Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance and member responsible for the review will be attending this workshop, providing treating professionals with the opportunity to make their views known to Queen’s Park. Complete details of this program can be found in the brochure that is included with this mailing. All monies raised will go to support Brain Injury Awareness Month.

We hope that you will be able to join us in January at Riverdale, or at another of the Accident Benefit Reporter workshops which will take place in various centres across the province during 2002. In the meantime, the lawyers and staff of Thomson Rogers wish you and your loved ones the best of the Holiday Season and a happy, prosperous and safe New Year.

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