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Federal Benefits Workers not to Play Detective

  • May 24, 2017
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The Toronto Star has recently published an article by Jordan Press entitled: Federal benefits workers told to stay off social media when vetting applications.

The article explains how workers who determine eligibility for employment, disability, or seniors’ benefits are not permitted to use publicly available information, including social media posts, online obituaries, and municipal property information, when deciding whether someone qualifies for benefits. » Read the rest

Married Couple Able to Travel Together on VIA Rail Trains

  • April 28, 2017
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Our clients are celebrating a major victory over VIA Rail.

Our clients, are husband and wife and are both persons with disabilities who use scooters to assist in their mobility. VIA Rail trains only have one tie-down space per train and as a result, our clients have been forced to travel separately or risk damage to their scooters by having them stowed improperly. » Read the rest

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

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