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Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Devaluation of Persons with Disabilities Most Evident: The Case of Emergency Preparedness

Toronto, ON, April 11, 2014 – I once heard Catherine Frazee speak at OISE about the ways Ontario’s emergency measures planning is based on an assumption that persons with disabilities are expendable.

The maritime code traditionally held that when grabbing life jackets or boarding life boats it was to be “women and children first.” As Catherine persuasively demonstrated, when it comes to emergency preparedness in Ontario the code provides that highest priority is to be given to the non-disabled. …

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Family Responsibilities are Human Rights

Toronto, ON, November 6, 2013 – Bakerlaw strongly believes it is discriminatory to refuse to accommodate persons with bona fide responsibilities for the care of family members. We are pleased to be at the forefront of championing the rights of caregivers, a group who has suffered in silence for too long.…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Law Society Should Rethink Two-Tier Articling System

Toronto, ON, October 28, 2013 — The Law Society of Upper Canada has been compelled to respond to disturbing evidence that its articling requirement is an impenetrable barrier for many qualified law graduates. Unless an articling position can be found within 2 years of completing law school, students already burdened with debt and hard earned expectations are removed from the licensing process.…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Ministry Breaches Charter and Puts Lives at Risk

Toronto, ON, October 21, 2013 – Where medically necessary health services are not performed in Ontario, or treatment wait lists pose a risk of death or irreversible tissue damage, Ontario residents have a right to go outside the country (“Out of Country”) for treatment at public expense.…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Canada’s Immigration System Continues to Discriminate Against People with Disabilities

Toronto, ON, October 18, 2013 - Historically, Canada’s immigration system was riddled with discriminatory provisions, excluding immigrants who were female, gay or lesbian, were from non-European countries, or were non-Christian based on negative stereotypes about those groups.  While the system has been reformed to remove many of these discriminatory barriers, it continues to exclude people with disabilities who are deemed likely to place an “excessive demand” on health and social services. …

Recent Announcements

Bakerlaw Introduces Guide to Accommodations in Education for Students with Disabilities

Toronto, ON, October 16, 2013 — Bakerlaw has developed a Guide to assist families seeking accommodations for students with disabilities in education. The Guide sets out legal avenues, both formal and informal, that will help families pursue and maintain accommodations for their children in the educational context.…