News and Events

News and Events

Ontario Passes Legislation to Improve Road Safety

June 2, 2015

Hot off the Ministry of Transportation website: Ontario passed the Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act to help ensure that the province's roads are among the safest in North America.

In order to reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities on Ontario's roads, the new act will: 

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Lawyers and Students Join Together for Unique Day of Learning

Milton, ON – Pace lawyer Karen Kwan Anderson is participating in this year's Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Law Day -  helping Ontario students take learning out of the classroom and into the courthouse.

Through OBA Law Day – an event aimed at educating and informing the public, especially Ontario’s youth, about the role and importance of the law – will give local area students a taste of what it is like to be a lawyer.

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Telematics - Good News for Young Drivers and their Parents

Telematics is the new buzzword for all insurers. But, for young drivers, it could be just the thing to make driving more affordable. For their parents, it could offer greater peace of mind.

Historically, young drivers, particularly males, pay extremely high insurance premiums, even absent a poor driving record. Traditional risk assessments have placed this group in the “high risk” category, seemingly without reprieve until they’ve been driving safely for a considerable period of time.

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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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