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Michael Franti & Spearhead

July 13th, 2016

Attending the Michael Franti & Spearhead concert was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my summer so far!

Throughout the concert there were so many times that I held my heart – the lyrics, the love, the peacefulness, joy, respect and audience engagement made it such a precious experience. I COULD NOT STOP DANCING AND I COULD NOT STOP SMILING!

At one point I turned to Lorella (who got to dance on stage with Michael!) and said, “If I had to die right now, that would be ok.”

What a deeply fulfilling and supremely satisfying experience!

Michael sang some songs from his new album Soulrocker. One that caught my attention was called “We are all earthlings“.

These lyrics blew me away:

And I love this life we live
And I love to give this feeling away

When I heard these lyrics, I had a visceral reaction as they sum up the PURE JOY I experience when teaching Nia.

Below is a fun video of our time at the concert.

Michael Franti July 1, 2016 from jennifer hicks on Vimeo.

Ontario Auto Insurance Changes: June 1, 2016

May 26th, 2016

Did you know that there will be changes to your auto-insurance policy on June 1, 2016? 

Your insurance company may tell you that these changes will decrease your auto-insurance rates.

But what they likely won’t tell you is that, in the event of an accident, your coverage for rehabilitation and support for your recovery is also being drastically slashed.

car accident photoI have been working with folks for over 15 years with brain injuries. They can hardly deal with the drastic cuts that happened in 2010.

And now, once again, insurance companies are cutting benefits.

Here is how your coverage is being decreased:

Currently, if you have a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, you are entitled to $50,000 in medical rehabilitation benefits (which covers over a range of medically necessary goods and services that aren’t funded in the public system such as physiotherapy, speech therapy, psychology, medications, accessibility renovations, nursing, wheelchairs, artificial limbs, etc.) and $36, 000 in attendant care benefits.

Come June 1, 2016, mild traumatic brain injury will be re-classified. It was considered non-catastrophic (as in the above scenario), but will now be slotted into what’s considered a “minor” injury. Guess what the new allotment for a mild traumatic brain injury will be on/after June 1, 2016?.


Yup. $3500

Your benefits, should you have a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, are going down from a combined total of $86,000 in funding to a total of $3500.

That’s a 96% DECREASE in your rehabilitation benefits. 

Consider this: There are approximately 65,000 people injured in motor vehicle accidents in Ontario each year. Minor injuries account for about 80% of all of those injuries.

So, potentially 80% of accident victims will suffer. In a dramatic way.

It is possible to purchase “optional med-rehab benefits” on your insurance policy. It is extremely affordable to do so, and can ease much suffering down the road and ensures your access to rehabilitation funding should you need it.

I’ve only outlined one change here. There are more.

So go on, call your insurance company. Do it.


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