Articles written by Anoop Kalsi

Report from the CHRC: Challenges faced by persons with disabilities in employment

  • August 15, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
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In January 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Commission released a report regarding challenges that persons with disabilities continue to face when looking for work, when seeking workplace accommodations, and when trying to advance in their careers.

You can read this report here (link). » Read the rest

Clear line drawn on appropriate judicial and adjudicator activity in support of equality seeking groups: engaging with politicians and trying to persuade them to reach specific policy outcomes

  • April 16, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
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On December 20, 2018, the Ontario Judicial Counsel handed down a decision clearing the Honourable Justice Donald McLeod of judicial misconduct.

A finding of judicial misconduct can only be made where any breach of the standards of judicial conduct by the judge was “so seriously contrary to impartiality, integrity and independence of the judiciary that it has undermined the public’s confidence in the judge’s ability to perform the duties of office or in the administration of justice generally.” (para. » Read the rest

CRTC mandates standard for quality, accessibility and functionality to message relay services

  • March 14, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
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On December 14, 2018, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) took steps to improve the quality and access to message relay services.

These services enable Canadians with a hearing or speech disability to make and receive telephone calls using text with the assistance of a relay operator. Some new standards include the requirement of relay operators to achieve a certain typing speed, rate of accuracy, and call-answer time, among many others. » Read the rest

Supreme Court of Canada Releases Decision in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corp

  • February 28, 2019
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The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released their decision finding that Henson Trusts are not considered assets when determining eligibility for a rent subsidy.

Henson trusts, often relied upon by many persons with disabilities, allow family members to put aside money for persons with disabilities while preserving their entitlements for social assistance. » Read the rest

Age Discrimination in the Workplace

  • December 27, 2018
  • Anoop Kalsi
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A recent Globe and Mail article explored the growing number of human rights complaints involving workplace age discrimination.

Companies cannot fire or refuse to hire an older employee on the basis of age. Yet, they may find a way to make decisions that nonetheless lead to age discrimination. These factors that disproportionately affect older workers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Career aspirations;
  • Proximity to retirement;
  • Ability to learn new skills; and
  • Propensity to work overtime.
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ODSP definition change will pose difficulties for persons with mental health disabilities

  • December 7, 2018
  • Anoop Kalsi
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Ontario’s recent change to the definition of disability will result in difficulties for those who suffer from mental health disabilities to qualify for assistance under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

The government’s change includes aligning the definition of disability with the federal government’s definition under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). » Read the rest

Revisiting Clark v. Clark

  • December 5, 2018
  • Anoop Kalsi
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In 1982, surrounding talks around the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin Clark began a battle for what would ultimately become a pivotal movement for Canadian disability rights. 26 years ago, on November 25, 1982, Judge John Ross Matheson rendered his historical ruling which determined that Justin Clark was mentally competent and able to make his own decisions. » Read the rest

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