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“Humanity Evolving on Human Rights” – Interesting and Insightful Comment from Disability Rights Advocate Jim Derksen

On September 29, 2014, disability rights advocate Jim Derksen published an insightful comment on the development of human rights understanding (link to article). Mr. Derksen is a leader in local, provincial, national, and international disability movements, and presently serves on the inclusive design advisory committee and human rights advisory council to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, an organization he believes will play an important role in facilitating ongoing discussion about what human rights means and “how it can be applied to human relations throughout the world.”

For more information on your human rights, please feel free to contact us (link).…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Institutionalization as a Form of Discrimination

Too often, people with disabilities are forced to move into an institution in order to receive the health care they require. These institutions are isolated from the community, and deprive many people with disabilities of the ability to participate in public and community life.…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Osgoode Hall’s The Court Comments on Changes in Special Education

Osgoode Hall Law School’s The Court law blog has posted a comment on the effects of recent case law on special education services (link to comment).  For more information, please see bakerlaw‘s previous comment on the changes in special education (link to comment), as well as the 2012 Supreme Court of Canada decision, Moore v British Columbia (Ministry of Education), 2012 SCC 61 (link to decision), and the 2013 Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision, RB v Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, 2013 HRTO 1436 (link to decision).…

Media | News Releases | Recent Announcements

“Canadians Should not be Provided Public Support to Kill Themselves”

Toronto, ON, August 29, 2014 —  “It’s not worse than death, and people who are mislead into believing it will be should not be offered public support to kill themselves”, say two leading disability rights organizations who will be opposing attempts to strike down statutory provisions designed to prevent counselling or assisting anyone, disabled or not, to die.…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Recent Improvements in Accessibility of VIA Rail Services

Last week, VIA Rail announced the new accessible cabin for two on its Canadian train between Toronto and Vancouver (link to article). VIA Rail announced that the cabin was designed following extensive research of accessibility requirements within the transportation industry.…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Communications and Disability Rights: How Litigation before the CRTC Can Make a Difference

Legal Activism Can Create Social: The Role of Disability Advocacy in the Information ‘Revolution’

This summer, Bakerlaw is pleased to host Julia Munk, Osgoode Hall Law School’s 2014 Kreppner Plater Fellowship winner. Julia is researching how effective advocacy before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) can make gains for the rights of persons with disabilities generally.