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The Record – Here’s what one local charity has learned from the pandemic

“Here’s what one local charity has learned from the pandemic,” published by Luisa D’Amato for The Record, discuss the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington (BIAWW), and how they are pivoting in order to support their community during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The article is in interview format with Lynda Abshoff, the executive direction of BIAWW. One of BIAWW’s major fundraisers is making and selling greeting cards handcrafted by brain injury survivors. They used to get together in person to make them, but now some of the card makers have taken supplies home and can connect online while making the cards. For some brain injury survivors, it is easier for them to be in their own space and using the tools online to connect, rather than meeting in person. “Like introverts, some brain injury survivors are more comfortable talking and sharing stories without making eye contact. Online activities allow them to stay connected and still work on meaningful projects. We will absolutely continue to hold these activities online,” says Abshoff. McLeish Orlando’s 2019 holiday cards were made by BIAWW’s community of brain injury survivors. While BIAWW’s local retail card locations are all closed right now, they have online card sales. Click here to learn more.

Perhaps the most poignant takeaway from this article is the connection that Abshoff makes between brain injuries and isolation, “The rest of the world now knows what it`s like to be isolated. Brain injury survivors, because of their inability to work and be out in society, have been isolated for years. That was their normal before, so it may not be as much of a shocking change for them as it is others.”

McLeish Orlando is proud to support incredible organizations like the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington (BIAWW). During this current pandemic, organizations like BIAWW are adapting to maintain support for its members. We are proud to support this great organization. Click here to find out how you can also support BIAWW.

McLeish Orlando Commitment to Continued Client Service During the COVID-19 Outbreak

With the recent progression of the COVID-19 virus, we want to reach out to you to let you know that the lawyers and staff of McLeish Orlando remain committed to the continuity of service to you and your family.

McLeish Orlando is monitoring all information available on COVID-19 published by reputable sources including the WHO, Canadian, Provincial and local health agencies.  We are following the current directives provided by health agencies to employers and will continue to abide by these directives in this rapidly changing environment.

We are taking every reasonable measure to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for staff, lawyers and clients, and will continue to do so as this situation evolves. The health and well-being of you, your families, and our employees is our top priority. We have implemented many precautionary measures with respect to flexible work arrangements, sanitization, travel, events, and in-person meetings and we are adjusting our Business Continuity Plan as needed.

At this time, the offices of McLeish Orlando remain open during regular business hours. McLeish Orlando operates on a completely paperless system which allows us to continue servicing our clients while allowing employees the choice of working from home.  Where our staff have chosen to work remotely, they can access all firm software systems including e-mail, calendars and all relevant documents in your client file. We are committed to continuing to provide you and your family with exceptional legal service through this challenging time.

Please feel free to with any questions you may have.

The Partners of McLeish Orlando

2nd Annual Health Advocates Education Conference

McLeish Orlando is proud to be a Diamond Level Sponsor of BIAPH’s 2nd Annual Health and Advocates Education Conference.

If you have registered for the April 3, 2020 date, your registration will be automatically moved to the October 28, 2020 conference.

If you are unable to attend this date, we would appreciate if you could have someone attend in your place and we will make the necessary name and dietary changes.  Please email 

To cancel your registration without being able to have someone attend in your place, you must email 
on or before June 1, 2020 for a full refund.

Cancellations on or after June 2, 2020, will be subject to a $75.00 cancellation fee.  There are no refunds beyond September 30, 2020. Please email 

This unique learning experience which will use a multidisciplinary approach to bridge gaps in knowledge and provide helpful and practical tips and strategies on how to effectively advocate for clients and assist in ensuring that funding for treatment is provided.

For the conference agenda, click here.

We hope to see you there!

Rocket Ride for Rehab

McLeish Orlando is excited to sponsor Toronto Rehab Institute’s first ever Rocket Ride for Rehab.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the premier, one-of-a-kind, spin event in the heart of the financial district! The event is taking place at First Canadian Place on the main floor, and the session is being led by instructors from Rocket Cycle. For more information about the event, click here.
All funds raised will support Toronto Rehab Foundation.
Click here to register for the event. Spin Session #1 is sold out, but there are still spots left for Spin Session #2!

Rowan’s Law Day: Concussion Awareness and Safety

Written By: Nick Todorovic and Brock Turville, Student-at-Law

The last Wednesday of every September has been declared Rowan’s Law Day to promote concussion awareness and safety. This year, Rowan’s Law Day will be commemorated on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019.

Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, died at age 17 on Mother’s Day in 2013 as a result of suffering multiple concussions. Rowan suffered three concussions in the span of six days while playing rugby[1], which remained undetected by her parents, teachers, coaches, and peers. The cause of Rowan’s death was determined to be second impact syndrome, which is swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury to the brain before the previous brain injury fully healed.[2]

A concussion is a brain injury, which can result in permanent brain damage, disability, and death.[3] It is caused by one or several blows to the head, face, neck, or body that transmits force to the head, causing the brain to move within the skull.[4] Concussions can happen anywhere and are not limited to sports. They can occur at work, school, or at home, or in motor vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian collisions. The leading causes of head injuries in Ontario were sports (45%), followed by falls (16%) and bicycle collisions (5%).[5]

Concussions can be subtle and difficult to detect, so it is important to be aware of common physical, cognitive, and emotional signs and symptoms. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Pressure in the head
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Light or sound sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory issues
  • Depression

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately and follow the health practitioner’s directions.

In addition to Rowan’s Law Day, MPP Lisa MacLeod advocated for change in Rowan’s Law (Bill 193), which was given royal assent on March 7, 2018. Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations in Ontario to:

  • Ensure athletes under 26 years old, parents of athletes under 18, coaches, team trainers and officials confirm every day that they reviewed Ontario’s Concussion Awareness Resources;
  • Establish a Concussion Code of Conduct that establishes rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention; and
  • Establish a Removal-from-Sport and Return-to-Sport protocol.[6]

If you, as an athlete or spectator, suspect a concussion has occurred, you should:

  • Remove yourself or the athlete from the activity, even if you feel fine or the athlete insists they are ok.
  • Get yourself or the athlete examined by a physician or a nurse.
  • Support gradual and safe return to sport.[7]

With Rowan’s Law in effect and Rowan’s Law Day officially designated, Ontario has proven to be a leader in concussion awareness and prevention in Canada. Rowan’s father, Gordon Stringer, highlighted the need for change across the country: “The heavy lifting has been done here in Ontario. But this is not an Ontario issue. This is something that needs to be addressed across Canada”.[8]

While commemorating Rowan, it is hoped that this tragic and preventable death will spark more concussion awareness, safety, and prevention in the rest of the country.

[1] https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-day#section-1

[2] Ibid.

[3] http://obia.ca/concussion-resources/

[4] http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/concussions/docs/infographic_concussion.pdf

[5] Ibid.

[6] https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-safety

[7] https://www.ontario.ca/page/rowans-law-concussion-awareness-resources

[8] Supra, note 3.

Choosing the Right Daycare for Your Children

Written By: Michael Warfe and Courtney Stewart, Student-at-Law

Earlier this year parents who had dropped their children off at a daycare in Roncesvalles, a booming neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto, were informed that the daycare building was being evacuated after part of the ceiling had collapsed, including parts of a ceiling fan.

Police were called to the scene and three children were treated for injuries.

While it was initially reported to both the public and the parents that none of the children were taken to hospital, parents of one of the injured children were called and redirected to an emergency department, where their daughter was treated for injuries to her face and eyes.

If your child is injured at a daycare, you and your child may be entitled to compensation under the Occupier’s Liability Act. Under the Occupier’s Liability Act, property owners and those having responsibility for and control over the condition of the property are legally responsible for ensuring that the property is reasonably safe for those using it. They must exercise reasonable care in their maintenance and inspection of the property.

Police investigated the cause of the collapsed ceiling and a City of Toronto building inspector was called to assist. The building passed inspection in 2013 and had not been investigated by the city since. City inspectors found no further risk of harm but stated that they will be requesting an engineering assessment of the building.

Parents with children at that daycare likely scrambled to find new daycares for their children in a city where waiting lists for daycares can be extensive. As these parents, and new parents looking for daycares for their children start their search, here are some points to consider:


All daycares, including home-based care programs, require licenses if they care for more than 2 children under the age of two (including the care provider’s own children), or if they care for more than 5 children over the age of two (including the care provider’s own children under the age of six). If the daycare you are looking at should have a license, make sure the license is prominently displayed. Licensed daycares are required to meet the minimum standards set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. Click here for more information on those standards.

Adequate Supervision

Minimum staff-to-children ratios are one of the standards included under the Child Care and Early Years Act. Ask what the staff-to-children ratio is at any potential daycare and ensure that there is adequate supervision for your child.


Ensure the daycare is childproofed. Take a look for the same things you did when you were childproofing your home, such as covered outlets, stairs blocked by gates, toxic substances out of reach and secure, etc.

Health and Sanitization

Ask about their health and sanitization policies to ensure that the daycare providers have handwashing policies in place for children and staff and that they regularly sanitize changing tables, toys and equipment.

Food Safety

Daycare health and sanitization extends to a daycare’s food safety policies. To minimize the risk that your child will suffer a food-borne or allergy related illness, ask daycares how they store and prepare their food and what preventative measures they have in place for food allergies.

First Aid and Medication

Ask if the staff members are properly trained in CPR and pediatric first-aid. Look to see if they have a first-aid kit on hand. If your child may require medication you will want to ensure that the daycare has procedures on how to deal with health information, how to track and monitor medication administration and how to safely store medications.

Emergency Planning

Enquire about the daycare’s emergency plan which should cover everything from health-related accidents to fire, violence and natural disasters. Ask when the last fire drill took place, how often the drills are practiced and make sure there are functioning fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in place.

It can be scary to entrust the care of your children to other people. Taking the time to investigate each potential daycare to assure yourself that they are meeting the standards under the Child Care and Early Years Act as well as your own personal standards will help make the process easier. If your child has suffered an injury as a result of inadequate daycare, contact one of the critical injury lawyers at McLeish Orlando for a consultation.

Canada Day Weekend: Fireworks Safety

By: Dale Orlando and Nicole Fielding, Summer Student


The Canada Day weekend is fast approaching, and with this year being Canada’s 150th birthday, it is a special time to celebrate. Fireworks can be a fun and exciting activity to enjoy with family and friends, but they can also be dangerous and unpredictable when handled incorrectly. Improper use of pyrotechnics can result in serious burns and personal injuries. If you choose to host your own fireworks show, there are a number of things to keep in mind to ensure a fun and safe fireworks display.

Planning Ahead

Before you pick up your own fireworks, it is a good idea to check out the bylaws in your area concerning their use. The Government of Canada, Provinces and many Municipalities have set restrictions on when and where fireworks may be enjoyed.  For example, in Toronto, fireworks displays/discharges must comply with the City of Toronto fireworks bylaw, and fireworks may only be used without a permit on designated holidays.

When obtaining fireworks, purchase them from a reliable source that sells products meeting safety standards. Some Municipalities issue vendor permits to regulated retailers. Steer clear from illegal explosives or firecrackers, and do not attempt to create your own.

Consumer fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Prepare Your Display

Location is critical when it comes to setting off fireworks. Set up your supplies in a clear, open space, away from combustible materials and hazards, on a hard, flat and level surface to ensure stability. Always read the instructions, cautions and warnings on the fireworks you have purchased.

Arrange spectators a safe distance away from the set-off location, and be sure that any wind is blowing away from your audience. Discharge fireworks only if weather conditions allow for it.

Before igniting, fireworks should be buried at least half their length in a bucket of sand if a firing base is not available. Never discharge fireworks from a metal or glass container. Be sure that all the fireworks are firmly supported in their base or sand, and aimed straight and away from your audience. Always keep a water hose or a pail or water close by when discharging fireworks.

Natural Resources Canada has issued a short video about fireworks safety which can be viewed here.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

When setting off your fireworks, light only one firework item at a time. Always light the fuse at the tip, and light the firework at arms length, then stand back. If you get a “dud” or defective firework, never attempt to re-light it, and wait 30 minutes to ensure it does not go off.

Only a responsible adult should be handling fireworks. Always keep fireworks out of reach of children, and store them in a space that is inaccessible to younger members of your family.

Sparklers burn extremely hot, and can cause clothing to catch fire, cause blindness or result in severe burns. If choosing to include sparklers in the celebration, remember to keep these away from young children. Sparklers should be doused in water or immersed in a bucket of sand after burning out, as they remain hot for some time.

Sometimes, the safest and most stress-free way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a show handled by professionals. There might be events hosted in your community being overseen by a trained, certified professional. Check out the Government of Canada’s list of Canada Day celebrations happening near you.

If you or someone you know has suffered burns or other serious injuries as the result of an accident, contact one of the critical injury lawyers at McLeish Orlando LLP for a free consultation.

March Blood Drive

March Blood Drive

As personal injury lawyers, we know that many of our clients depend on blood donors after their car accidents, motorcycle accidents and biking collisions. That’s why we commit to donating blood as often as we can. Earlier today, staff from McLeish Orlando headed to Canadian Blood Services to give the gift of life.

We were excited that today’s numbers showed that 75% of our donors were doing so for the first time. McLeish Orlando loves being able to give back to their clients and the community, and will continue to donate blood regularly.

If you are interested in joining us during our next blood drive, please email .


McLeish Orlando Gives the Gift of Life

Did you know the best gift you can give this holiday season is a gift that cannot be bought? Canadian Blood Services is hoping to start a new holiday tradition this year, urging all eligible Canadians to donate blood.

Today, the staff and lawyers at McLeish Orlando will be heading to the King and University Clinic to donate blood. Due to the nature of work we do at McLeish Orlando, we understand the critical need for blood donors, and how donations can save lives. Blood is in high demand this holiday season, and in order to maintain the national blood supply, Canadian Blood Services will need at least one hundred thousand new donors by early next year.

The image below shows how many donors are needed for some common scenarios:













We will be planning another blood drive next year, and all those interested in joining us are encouraged to email .

BIST, Mcleish Orlando Accepts Your Challenge!

Written By: Lindsay Charles

Lindsay is on the BIST 5k Run Committee. This year, she is supporting BIST by planning fundraising initiatives at McLeish Orlando. McLeish Orlando regularly supports the BIST 5k Run, Walk & Roll, and are excited to lead the charge once again.

As personal injury lawyers in Toronto, we’ve seen the damage a serious brain injury can cause an individual and their families. According to BIST’s “Brain Injury Facts and Figures” More than 11,000 Canadians die each year as a result of traumatic brain injury and over 500,000 Canadians sustain neurotrauma injuries each year. That’s why we’re proud to be leading the charge on this year’s BIST 5k Run, Walk & Roll, and we’re challenging you to join us!

The 5k Run, Walk & Roll is an annual event hosted by the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, of which McLeish Orlando is a proud supporter. Every year, the firm gives their staff the chance to participate by paying the registration fees for all those interested. However, we’d like to take it a step further. We’re encouraging our staff to do their own fundraising, get passionate and get creative. The firm will provide a free lunch to any staff member who raises a minimum of $20. The top fundraiser will be awarded a $100 Cadillac Fairview Gift Card. All the funds raised will go towards supporting several new BIST initiatives, including a concussion support program, print and online brain injury resources, etc.

McLeish Orlando lawyers have dealt extensively with brain injury clients and understand the struggle first hand.

This year’s event will be superhero themed, and will celebrate all brain injury heroes. Whether you’re a survivor, a family member, a care giver or a health care or legal professional, we’re inviting you to come out on Saturday, October 3 to celebrate YOU! Check out our event page for more details on how you can get involved.

See you out there!

A Weekend of Giving Back

McLeish Orlando Supports BIST 5k Run, Walk and Roll and SCIO Wheelchair Relay Challenge

This past weekend, McLeish Orlando staff, family and friends came out to support two very important causes in our community. In spite of the rain on Saturday, there were close to 300 participants who finished the race for the 3rd Annual BIST 5K Run.

McLeish Orlando participated as part of The Personal Injury Alliance with a team of close to a hundred staff and supporters.

Through sponsorship, fundraising and registration, BIST generated over $50,000 that will go a long way in supporting programs, services and efforts to raise brain injury awareness.

The Brain Injury Society of Toronto supports brain injury survivors and family members. BIST aims to enhance the quality of life for people in the City of Toronto, living with the effects of brain injury through education, awareness, support and advocacy.

Photos from bist.ca- Click the photo to enlarge


As part of our weekend of giving back, on Sunday we participated in Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s Wheelchair Relay Challenge held at Ontario Place.  Continue reading

Insurance Bureau of Canada Misinforms Officials, OTLA Taking Action

The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association has recently sent out a newsletter to every MPP in Ontario regarding the Insurance Bureau of Canada misinforming officials about insurance premiums, claims cost and profits.

McLeish Orlando stands behind  OTLA in ensuring that MPP officials are well informed. See below for the newsletter sent out by OTLA.

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