Cadieux v. Cloutier 2018 ONCA 903
The Court of Appeal released its decision in Cadieux v. Cloutier (“Cadieux”) in December 2018. This case concerns a motor vehicle accident where the plaintiff, Chad Cadieux, suffered brain injuries after he was pushed onto the road by one of the defendants, Eric Saywell and struck by the truck of a second defendant, Mr. Cloutier.
The fact that access to justice is a problem is abundantly apparent to anyone involved in the legal system, be it judges or lawyers, plaintiffs or defendants or even common observers. Courts, Law Societies, Bar Associations and special interest groups among others are all trying to improve access to justice. Unfortunately, it is not a problem easily remedied.
This recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal is likely to cause ripples of apprehension in municipalities across Ontario. In Guy v. Toronto (City), the Court of Appeal upheld both the Divisional Court and the Superior Court decisions finding the City of Toronto liable to Ms. Guy for damages she suffered as a result of a slip and fall on an icy road allowance.