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Bakerlaw prepares to challenge 2011 amendments to Out-of-Country OHIP legislation

  • April 12, 2017
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As indicated in our blog post here (link), Ontario’s Health Insurance Act and specifically the regulations that govern Out-of-Country claims for OHIP funding were significantly restricted by legislative amendments in 2011.

Bakerlaw has been retained to challenge one of these amendments, which currently requires that all patients seeking funding for the administration of a drug, including the provision of that drug, payment must be recommended by the Executive Officer of the Ontario Drug Benefit Act. » Read the rest

Out-of-Country OHIP requests – Bakerlaw continues to help

  • April 12, 2017
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Bakerlaw continues to help clients obtain prior approval for OHIP funding for out-of-country medical expenses. Unfortunately the Ministry of Health rarely grants Ontarians’ legitimate requests for out-of-country funding for medically necessary treatment which is unavailable in Ontario on a timely basis. Bakerlaw was a key player in developing this area of law and we continue to see results at all stages of the proceeding. » Read the rest

David Baker comments to the Canadian with Disabilities Act Review

  • March 30, 2017
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Bakerlaw’s David Baker recently provided his comments to the Canadians with Disabilities Act Review process focusing on employment. His comments are below:

The Minister will accomplish nothing by tampering with human rights protections for individuals with disabilities under the Canadian Human Rights Act. All she could do is weaken substantive provisions. » Read the rest

Further Reflections on the Court Challenges Program

  • March 21, 2017
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The Ontario Bar Association has recently published an article by Kiran Kang entitled: Funding Charter Litigation: Lawyers reflect on the revival of a cancelled program.

The article contains comments from lawyers, including bakerlaw’s David Baker, who were able to bring important equality cases thanks to the funding from the former Court Challenges Program . » Read the rest

Proposed Regulation Amendment Regarding Grants for Persons with Disabilities

  • March 7, 2017
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The Ministry of Community and Social Services has announced newly proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 367/94: Grants for Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Community and Social Services Act, RSO 1990, c. M. 20. You can view a summary of the proposed changes here (link).

The changes pertain to the Direct Funding Program which is intended to provide funding for daily living activities to adults with physical disabilities. » Read the rest

Court Challenges Program – A Call to Action

  • March 2, 2017
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Further to David Baker’s comments on the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program (see our previous blog post here (link)), read this letter (link) to the Minister in charge of the program.

The letter calls on the Minister to confirm the mandate of the program and ensure it is as strong and committed to equality as the former program was. » Read the rest

Canadian Transportation Agency Decision Favourable but Weak

  • February 16, 2017
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Yesterday bakerlaw congratulated our clients on the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (“CTA”) decision, insofar as it went to grant them their requested remedies. You can read the decision here (link).

Our clients are husband and wife and are frequent travellers on VIA Rail. They both use a mobility aid but can transfer to a regular train seat. » Read the rest

David Baker’s Comments on U of T Law School Tuition

  • February 14, 2017
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After years of trying to work for change within the system, I have decided that it is time to speak up.

While other law schools and professional faculties are far from blameless, it was U of T Law that broke the mould and took the leap towards charging what the market would bear. » Read the rest

An Open Letter to the Law Society of Upper Canada

  • February 14, 2017
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David Baker has authored the below open letter to the Law Society of Upper Canada. Regarding the danger of false advertising and the problems associated with the lack of an objective assessment regarding the quality of service provided by a lawyer.

To Whom it May Concern,

It looks like the Star has helped the Law Society decide to deal with the ridiculous advertising and bilking of uninformed clients by incompetent lawyers who are only interested in skimming the low hanging cream [to mix a metaphor]. » Read the rest

David Baker’s Personal Submissions to the Canadians with Disabilities Act Review

  • February 14, 2017
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paper (link)Following disclosure of a study (link) that only 37% of persons with disabilities are employed, David Baker provided the below personal submission to the Canadians with Disabilities Act review. This was in response to a widely reported statement that the government’s proposed Act would focus primarily on employment (link to statement). » Read the rest

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