- October 21, 2013
- Comments Off on 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. This program is essential to fulfill the medicare’s “sacred trust”: to publicly fund all medically necessary services. » Read the rest
- November 29, 2010
- Comments Off on Jodhan wins landmark case against federal government to fix inaccessible websites
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
- 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
- Comments Off on Editorial: Government should heed call for better web accessibility
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
- Comments Off on Donna Jodhan web accessbility hearings
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
Cara Wilkie to speak at Annual Conference of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students
- July 5, 2010
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Bakerlaw associate Cara Wilkie is scheduled to speak at the 2010 Conference of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS). The subject of her talk is Human Rights of People with Disabilities: Practical Strategies.
The conference runs from November 12-14 at the at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Ms. » Read the rest
Government releases report of Beer’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
- June 14, 2010
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The Ontario government has released the report of Charles Beer’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Click here to read the full report on the government website.
Passed in 2005, the Act is designed to make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by developing, implementing and enforcing standards with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises. » Read the rest
- May 8, 2010
- Comments Off on Bakerlaw to Challenge Inaccessibility of Government Websites in Federal Court
Bakerlaw will soon be headed to federal court with client Donna Jodhan. Jodhan, who is among approximately 10 per cent of the population with vision disabilities, is asking the government to provide vision impaired Canadians with equal access to government information and services online. Bakerlaw hopes to compel the government to update its web accessibility standards and ensure its websites are accessible to all Canadians. » Read the rest
- April 21, 2010
- Comments Off on Divisional Court to Review Decision by Special Education Tribunal
On Monday April 26, 2010 the Divisional Court will hear oral arguments in Kozak vs. Toronto District School Board et. al.; a judicial review of the Special Education Tribunal’s decision to uphold the Toronto District School Board’s placement of Jared Kozak in an unidentified special education class.
The applicant, Jared Kozak, is a 10 year old boy who has autism and requires Applied Behavioural Analysis as an accommodation in his classroom as mandated by the Ministry of Education’s Policy/Program Memorandum 140. » Read the rest