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Lawyer says banning toboggan hills just creates more problems

A leading personal injury lawyer is speaking out about the growing trend of tobogganing bans being created by municipalities across Canada. Troy Lehman of Oatley Vigmond LLP points out that injury related lawsuits from tobogganing are rare, difficult to bring to trial and often unsuccessful.

Lehman says most reputable lawyers will advise clients not to pursue a claim unless a catastrophic injury has occurred.

He says Ottawa and Calgary are doing it right, designating safe toboggan hills for the public to use.
Lehman says simply banning tobogganing does not make it go away and more open-minded municipalities are becoming increasingly aware of this fact.

The long standing ban in Hamilton has not been an effective deterrent to end tobogganing. The ban in Orangeville was an irritation to local residents that created tobogganing parties to protest the ban, effectively putting more people on the hill. (Picture: winnipeg.ca)

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