Hodgson v. Walsh, (1998) 72 O.T.C. 184 (GD)

JudgeThomson, J.
CourtOntario Court of Justice General Division (Canada)
Case DateJuly 31, 1998
JurisdictionOntario
Citations(1998), 72 O.T.C. 184 (GD)

Hodgson v. Walsh (1998), 72 O.T.C. 184 (GD)

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Temp. Cite: [1998] O.T.C. TBEd. SE.018

Brian Hodgson and Karen Hodgson (plaintiffs) v. Mary Walsh (defendant)

(No. 96-GD-38112)

Marlene Payne, Mary Anne Payne and David William Payne (plaintiffs) v. Timothy Alb, Shanahan Farms Ltd. [also known as Pine Grove Farms], and Statement Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology (defendants)

(No. 95-GD-32303)

Indexed As: Hodgson v. Walsh

Ontario Court of Justice

General Division

Windsor

Thomson, J.

July 31, 1998.

Summary:

Two motions were made pursuant to rule 21 of the Rules of Civil Procedure seeking answers to the following questions: (1) Are there any limitations on non-pecuniary loss payable under s. 267.1 of the Insurance Act (Ont.)?; and (2) Is the loss of earning capacity a form of non-pecuniary loss for the purposes of s. 267.1?

The Ontario Court (General Division) answered the questions as follows: (1) Yes. Non-pecuniary damages are to be assessed in the same manner as any other proceeding without regard to the provisions of s. 267.1 of the Act; and (2) No.

Insurance - Topic 5010.4

Automobile insurance - Compulsory government schemes - General - Non-pecuniary loss - Limitations on - See paragraphs 15 to 51, 81.

Insurance - Topic 5061

Automobile insurance - Compulsory government schemes - Bodily injury and death benefits - Loss of income - Loss of earning capacity - See paragraphs 52 to 81.

Statutes - Topic 2255

Interpretation - Presumptions and rules in aid - Presumption that legislature is aware of existing law when enacting new legislation - See paragraph 38.

Cases Noticed:

Andrews et al. v. Grand & Toy (Alberta) Ltd. et al., [1978] 2 S.C.R. 229; 19 N.R. 50; 8 A.R. 182, [1978] 1 W.W.R. 557; 83 D.L.R.(3d) 452; 3 C.C.L.T. 225, folld. [para. 17].

Thornton v. Board of School Trustees of School District No. 57 (Prince George) et al., [1978] 2 S.C.R. 267; 19 N.R. 552; 83 D.L.R.(3d) 488; [1978] 1 W.W.R. 607; 3 C.C.L.T. 257, folld. [para. 17].

Teno et al. v. Arnold et al., [1978] 2 S.C.R. 287; 19 N.R. 1; 83 D.L.R.(3d) 609; 3 C.C.L.T. 372, folld. [para. 17].

Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto and Manning, [1995] 2 S.C.R. 1130; 184 N.R. 1; 84 O.A.C. 1; 126 D.L.R.(4th) 129, consd. [para. 20].

Neuzen v. Korn, [1995] 3 S.C.R. 674; 188 N.R. 161; 64 B.C.A.C. 241; 105 W.A.C. 241, refd to. [para. 30].

Ter Neuzen v. Korn - see Neuzen v. Korn.

Lindal v. Lindal, [1981] 2 S.C.R. 629; 39 N.R. 361, refd to. [para. 31].

Toronto Transit Commission v. Aqua Taxi Ltd., [1955] O.W.N. 857 (H.C.), refd to. [para. 38].

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Canada v. T. Eaton Co., [1956] S.C.R. 610, refd to. [para. 39].

Davidson v. Slaight Communications Inc., [1989] 1 S.C.R. 1038; 93 N.R. 183; 59 D.L.R.(4th) 416, refd to. [para. 39].

Board of Education of Toronto v. Monarch Brass Manufacturing Co. (1923), 24 O.W.N. 490 (H.C.), affd. (1924), 25 O.W.N. 705 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 54].

Datillo v. Windsor (City) et al. [1984] O.J. No. 235 (H.C.), refd to. [para. 54].

Donnelly v. Bélanger (1991), 122 N.B.R.(2d) 48; 306 A.P.R. 48 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 54].

McNutt v. Dill (1989), 91 N.S.R.(2d) 63; 233 A.P.R. 63 (T.D.), refd to. [para. 54].

Murphy v. Gregory Estate (1978), 27 N.B.R.(2d) 140; 60 A.P.R. 140 (Q.B.), refd to. [para. 54].

Newman et al. v. LaMarche and Black (1994), 131 N.S.R.(2d) 165; 371 A.P.R. 165 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 54].

Osborn v. Mohindra et al. (1980), 29 N.B.R.(2d) 340; 66 A.P.R. 340 (Q.B.), refd to. [para. 54].

LeClerc v. Sunbury Transport Ltd. and Risteen (1996), 184 N.B.R.(2d) 1; 469 A.P.R. 1 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 54].

Singer v. Power (1997), 163 N.S.R.(2d) 1; 487 A.P.R. 1 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 54].

Yang et al. v. Dangov et al. (1992), 111 N.S.R.(2d) 109; 303 A.P.R. 109 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 54].

Skeffington v. McDonough and Vanamburg (1992), 112 N.S.R.(2d) 52; 307 A.P.R. 52 (S.C.), refd to. [para. 54].

Reeves v. Arsenault; Reeves v. Gauthier (1997), 152 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 350; 474 A.P.R. 350 (P.E.I.T.D.), refd to. [para. 55].

Meyer et al. v. Bright et al. (1993), 67 O.A.C. 134; 15 O.R.(3d) 129 (C.A.), leave to appeal refused (1994), 172 N.R. 160; 71 O.A.C. 399; 17 O.R.(3d) xvi (S.C.C.), refd to. [para. 56].

Trench v. Samy, [1990] O.J. No. 3068 (Gen. Div.), refd to. [para. 56].

Duguay v. O'Neill (1996), 31 O.R.(3d) 22 (Gen. Div.), refd to. [para. 56].

July v. Neal and Home Insurance Co. (1986), 17 O.A.C. 390; 57 O.R.(2d) 129 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 58].

Halifax Insurance Co. v. McMahon et al. (1997), 102 O.A.C. 292; 35 O.R.(3d) 291 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 58].

Chu v. Madill, [1977] 2 S.C.R. 400; 12 N.R. 187, refd to. [para. 59].

Miller v. Safeco Insurance Co. of America (1985), 50 O.R.(2d) 797 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 59].

Reekie v. Messervey (1989), 59 D.L.R.(4th) 481 (B.C.C.A.), refd to. [para. 62].

Graham v. Rourke (1990), 75 O.R.(2d) 633 (Gen. Div.), refd to. [para. 62].

Longeuay v. Thomas (1982), 35 O.R. 660 (C.A.), refd to. [para. 62].

Stante v. Boudreau (1980), 29 O.R.(2d) 1 (C.A.), folld. [para. 64].

R. v. Jennings, [1966] S.C.R. 532, refd to. [para. 68].

D'Àmato et al. v. Badger et al., [1996] 2 S.C.R. 1071; 199 N.R. 341; 79 B.C.A.C. 110; 129 W.A.C. 110; 137 D.L.R.(4th) 129, refd to. [para. 68].

Mensink et al. v. Dale et al. (1997), 45 O.T.C. 145; 36 O.R.(3d) 402 (Gen. Div.), refd to. [para. 72].

Rintoul v. Linde Estate et al. (1997), 25 O.T.C. 215; 32 O.R.(3d) 704 (Gen. Div.), refd to. [para. 72].

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Hernandez, [1975] 1 S.C.R. 228, refd to. [para. 79].

Statutes Noticed:

Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I-8, sect. 267.1 [para. 13].

Authors and Works Noticed:

Cooper-Stephenson & Saunders, Personal Injury Damages in Canada (2nd Ed. 1996), pp. 89-90 [para. 61]; 202-204 [para. 62].

Driedger, Elmer A., The Composition of Legislation (1957), p. 127 [para. 38].

Driedger, Elmer A., Construction of Statutes (3rd Ed. 1994), pp. 298-299 and 368 [para. 39].

Counsel:

Martin Wunder, Q.C., for the plaintiffs;

L.R. McRae, for the defendant, Walsh;

D.G. Greenaway, for the defendant, Timothy Alb;

R.C. Gates, Q.C., for the defendant, Statement Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology.

These motions were heard by Thomson, J., of the Ontario Court (General Division), who released the following decision on July 31, 1998.

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    • Ontario Court of Appeal (Ontario)
    • 2 de junho de 1999
    ...of earning capacity was a form of nonpecuniary loss for the purposes of s. 267.1 of the Act. The motions judge, in a decision reported at 72 O.T.C. 184, held that nonpecuniary damages were to be assessed in the same manner as any other proceeding without regard to the provisions of s. 267.1......
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    • Canada
    • Ontario Court of Appeal (Ontario)
    • 2 de junho de 1999
    ...of earning capacity was a form of nonpecuniary loss for the purposes of s. 267.1 of the Act. The motions judge, in a decision reported at 72 O.T.C. 184, held that nonpecuniary damages were to be assessed in the same manner as any other proceeding without regard to the provisions of s. 267.1......

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