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News and Events

Ontario Budget Delivers more Bad News

The recently unveiled Ontario Budget had some bad news for drivers. In a document that normally concerns itself with government receipts and expenditures (i.e. taxes and program spending) the finance minister announced some changes to auto insurance coverage that reduces mandatory accident benefit coverage protections. Some of these benefits will become optional “extras” in auto policies.

Among the proposed changes:

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EB-5 Immigration

There has been some consternation recently in the Immigration realm regarding the availability of 2015 EB-5 quotas, due to a recent article entitled U.S. Runs Out of Investor Visas Again as Chinese Flood Program

The following comments are in regard to concerns about Chinese retrogression related to the EB-5 program and the cap on the number of EB-5 investor visas available.

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Jim Metcalfe In Investment Executive Magazine

Pace Immigration Director Jim Metcalfe was recently quoted for an article in the Investment Executive. The article deals with the new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) pilot program:

The federal government's new immigrant-investor program for high net-worth foreigners is receiving mixed reviews from stakeholders. Some praise the program as better serving Canada's economic interests than the program it replaces, while others say the new program is too stringent and, thus, destined to fail.

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Fatal Traffic Accidents On The Rise

Another day, another impaired driving collision that results in personal injury or death:

OPP say it was at 10 p.m. on Tuesday when the driver of a Jeep lost control in the westbound lanes at Brock Street. That caused the transport truck to rear-end the Jeep, sending it into a ditch on the right side of the highway.

The truck driver also lost control and rolled his truck. It came to stop across all 3 lanes of the 401.

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Nova Scotia Raises Distracted Driving Fine

Nova Scotia is toughening up on distracted driving, raising its fine for a first offense from $176.45 to $233.95. They have also upped the ante for subsequent offenses:

Nova Scotia is increasing the penalty for those who use their cellphones while driving in an effort to crack down on the dangerous habit. 

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Klaudios Mustakas Interviewed By The CBC

Pace Law Firm senior advisor Klaudios Mustakas appeared today on the CBC to discuss a controversial child immigration case:

Klaudios Mustaskas, who worked at Citizenship and Immigration​ for 37 years, first as a visa officer and then as a manager, is appalled by the case.  

"My personal reaction — it's totally inhumane," Mustaskas told Go Public.

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Jennifer Aniston Film Examines Chronic Pain

It's good to see Hollywood taking an interest in chronic pain, an affliction that hurts the lives of millions of people:

'Cake' is delicious stuff — low key but affecting, funny while tragic, quirky but never so bizarre it loses you.

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Seeking A Cure For Chronic Pain

If you are suffering from chronic pain following a car accident or other event, you are no doubt searching for answers on how this pain can be stopped. Researchers in the US may be one step closer to the answer:

“On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is the pain?”

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Will Distracted Driving Ever Carry The Stigma Of Drunk Driving?

In this article, the Ottawa Citizen asks the public to view distracted driving the same way as drunk driving:

Across Canada, the cellphone has become the new beer bottle. Instead of being incapacitated by booze, drivers are immobilized by their mobile devices.

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TTC Considers Dash Cams. Will Better Safety Result?

January 13, 2015: The TTC has been involved in a number of serious accidents in the past few months. A number of people have been injured or killed, including a cyclist who was sent to the hospital with serious injuries, as well as a 14-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a TTC bus.

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