- September 5, 2012
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FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
Historic Victory Makes Websites Accessible to Blind Canadians
Blind Canadians can sleep soundly tonight in the knowledge that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees them (1) access to electronic means of communication, and (2) that as communication technologies change the legal obligation to maintain accessibility will not. » Read the rest
- December 23, 2010
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David Baker recently gave a submission at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada.
The case concerns the authority of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to award costs to complainants who are successful in advancing claims of discriminatory treatment in contravention of the Canadian Human Rights Act. » Read the rest
- November 29, 2010
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Toronto – November 29, 2010 – Today the Federal Court of Canada released a landmark decision concerning the right of Canadians with disabilities to access government websites.
Justice Kelen has ruled that Canada’s federal government must deliver key websites in a useable format for blind and partially-sighted Canadians. Canada will now be joining with numerous other countries – such as the United States, Australia and EU member states – that have already made their federal websites accessible. » Read the rest
- November 23, 2010
- Comments Off on Law Commission of Ontario Commissions Paper from Bakerlaw on Rights to Disability-Related Supports
As part of the Law Commission’s project to develop a coherent framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities, it commissioned six research papers, including a paper from Cara Wilkie, Meryl Zisman Gary and David Baker on the Right to Disability-Related Supports. The paper considers the importance of disability-related supports for achieving substantive equality and reviews the major obstacles in Canadian caselaw to successful claims for such supports. » Read the rest
- November 9, 2010
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The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered that Air Canada must reinstate Bakerlaw clients George Vilven and Neil Kelly, pilots who have been fighting to return to work and fly beyond Air Canada’s retirement age of 60.
Click here to read coverage in the Toronto Star.
- October 4, 2010
- Comments Off on Bakerlaw staff complete new research paper
Bakerlaw senior associate David Baker and articling student Erin Hallock have completed a new paper entitled “The Relationship Between Long-Term Disability Benefits and The Duty to Accommodate: The Plaintiff’s Perspective.”
- September 28, 2010
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The Law Times has published an editorial in support of Bakerlaw client Donna Jodhan’s Charter of Rights challenge against the Federal Government over websites that are inaccessible to blind and partially sighted web users.
“The government should drop its reluctance and heed Jodhan’s call for improved accessibility,” writes Glenn Kauth, the author of the editoral. » Read the rest
- September 22, 2010
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Donna Jodhan’s web accessibility Charter Challenge against the Federal Government was covered by a number of major media outlets. Bakerlaw’s David Baker and Meryl Gary were in Federal Court from September 21st-23rd arguing Ms. Jodhan’s case. The court is now resting, and has said that it deliver its verdict in approximate six months’ time. » Read the rest
- September 14, 2010
- Comments Off on Blind MBA to have her day in court over inaccessible government websites
From September 21st to the 23rd, Bakerlaw will be representing Donna Jodhan before the Federal Court of Canada in Toronto. Ms. Jodhan, a legally blind Canadian, is challenging the federal government over websites that are inaccessible to blind and partially sighted web surfers. Bakerlaw is asking the courts to require the government to make job application forms and other major services accessible for these users. » Read the rest
- June 1, 2010
- Comments Off on Bakerlaw completes accessibility standards paper for Barrier-Free Manitoba
Bakerlaw has completed a new report on behalf of Barrier-Free Manitoba entitled “Accessibility Standards Legislation: A Strategic Options Paper.”