Articles written by David Baker

Court Challenges Program one step closer to Opening for Business

On November 20, 2018, Canadian Heritage announced the exert panels who will establish policy and approve funding for Charter cases involving issues within federal jurisdiction. The announcement states “details of the … funding application process will be developed in a few weeks.”

$5 million annually has been allocated for the program, of which $1.5 million will be allocated to the clarification of official language rights. » Read the rest

Sexual Harassment and Assault at Work or School

  • July 16, 2018
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The public attention being paid to high profile persons subjected to sexual violence and harassment has encouraged persons in lower waged positions with comparable experiences to speak up,  seek support from co-workers and  unions and exercise their rights to justice so they are not doubly violated.

A new book called  In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, by Bernice Yeung is reviewed in the July 2018 New York Review of Books by Alissa Quart and Barbara Erenreich  http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/07/19/workplace-violence-sisters-in-arms/  (link) The reviewers state:

#MeToo has too often ignored the most frequent victims of abuse, however, such as waitresses or hotel housekeepers. » Read the rest

David Baker’s Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel

  • November 12, 2017
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On November 13, 2017, David Baker will be presenting his paper, “Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel” at the Ontario Bar Association’s program, Your First Application Before the Human Rights Tribunal. Among the critical pieces of advice discussed, is the following:

Applicant counsel owes a duty to their clients to advise them that the HRTO is increasingly denying Applicants accessible justice, particularly in large or systemic cases. » Read the rest

David Baker reviews the new book, “Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law”, edited by Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt

  • October 20, 2017
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Review (click HERE for the PDF version)

Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law, ed. Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt

UBC Press, $32.95

The two editors of this valuable new addition to the small but growing literature on the law, history and politics of disability in Canada is most welcome. » 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

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

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

David Baker on the Court Challenges Program and what it means for Bakerlaw and for Equality Seekers Across Canada

  • February 14, 2017
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Bakerlaw currently has 4 Charter cases on the go with 8 more ready to go pending the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program (CCP). Each case will be described on this website when it is known to be proceeding and with consent from the client(s).

As the previous CCP was, we expect that the reinstated program will be of substantial benefit to our clients. » Read the rest

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