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Category Archives: Child Safety

Birth Alerts Class Action Launched
September 24, 2021
‘Birth Alert’ class action lawsuit launched on behalf of indigenous mothers
This September, a class action lawsuit was started in BC on behalf of mothers who had their newborns taken from them due to a ‘birth alert’. A ‘birth alert’ occurs when a social worker tags pregnant women, so that child protection authorities appear in the hospital as the child is being born. In almost 1/3…
Gaming Loot Boxes
April 30, 2021
Multiple lawsuits files in relation to video game loot boxes
Slater Vecchio LLP has recently filed four separate class actions against numerous major video game developers for their implementation of “loot box mechanics” in their games.  The named defendants in these actions include, but aren’t limited to, Electronic Arts, Activision, Niantic, and Scopely. Loot Boxes are a video game mechanism that rewards players for spending…
September 14, 2020
Vancouver’s implementation of new 24/7 school zones sparks public debate
Every year around 72 children are injured in school zones by motorized vehicles in B.C., and the city of Vancouver has finally said “enough”.  City bylaws will soon be in place to ensure the speed limit in school and playground zones never exceed 30 kilometers per hour at any point in time. Currently, the 30…
preventing sport concussions in kids
April 11, 2017
Helping Kids Recover from Sports Concussions
You’re in the stands cheering on your kid as he or she is playing their favourite sport, when suddenly, they take a hard hit to the head. You panic, rush to the sidelines, and make sure they are alright. Checking for signs of a possible concussion, you and the coach agree to remove your child…
sport concussion in kids
September 20, 2016
Kids, Sports, and Concussions
A new sport season is about to kick off and that means all sorts of active fun. But are your kids playing it safe? If they do get hurt, do you know how to identify a concussion? And do you know what to do? These are questions every parent should be asking themselves whenever their…
swim safety for kids
July 26, 2016
Swim Safety for Kids
Last one in is a rotten egg! Summer’s here and there’s nothing like a dip in the water to cool off on a hot day. But whether it’s at a local lake or a backyard pool, a drowning tragedy can happen in seconds. Parents and kids need to remember that when it comes to water…
Furniture Safety Children
July 6, 2016
Dangers of Falling Furniture
There is something in your home posing a great risk to your children and their safety and you may not even be giving it a second thought. Furniture tip-overs are a common occurrence, resulting in some very serious injuries, even death. In the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year, 8,000 to…
Rowan's Law Protects Young Athletes
June 16, 2016
Ontario Introduces “Rowan’s Law”
Rowan Stringer was a 17-year-old Ottawa girl described as bright, energetic, and curious. She was equally passionate about rugby. But something happened to Rowan on the playing field that should never happen to any kid. In 2013, she sustained a series of concussions and died as a result of her brain injuries. It’s a devastating…
Graduation Safety Vancouver
May 17, 2016
Road Safety a Priority for Graduation
Grade 12 students across British Columbia are anxiously counting down the final weeks of the academic calendar and their high school years. No doubt, graduation is a milestone in a young person’s life – a time filled with great anticipation and celebration. Whether it’s the prom or the parties or the graduation ceremony itself, it’s…
youth concussion
December 12, 2015
Brain Damage and Youth Sports
Are we endangering our children's brain health by allowing them to play high-impact contact sports? Researchers are finding that repetitive blows to the head in high-impact contact sports place athletes at risk of permanent brain damage. While football players are prone to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), caused by repetitive blows to the head. Mayo Clinic…