Articles written by Kimberly Srivastava

(In)Accessibility in the Legal Profession

  • November 3, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Among key factors that shape the ability of Canadians to access justice, the physical accessibility of courthouses is too crucial an issue to be overlooked. For lawyers with disabilities, the inaccessibility of provincial courthouses is not simply an issue of physical access, but also the ability to participate as members of the legal profession. » Read the rest

Segregation and Mental Health

  • August 26, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has filed a motion to address Ontario’s breach of legal obligation to keep prisoners with mental health disabilities out of segregation (link). The motion comes on the heels of Justice David Cole’s report (link) issued in April which concluded that Ontario has not provided adequate support to prisoners with mental health disabilities. » Read the rest

Psychosis and Police: a dangerous mix

  • August 26, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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There has been a lot in the news lately about who is best positioned to respond to those experiencing a mental health crisis. “Wellness checks” are best done by those who have proper training to provide assistance to those being checked in on. » Read the rest

COVID-19, Wills and Dependent Children with Disabilities

  • August 26, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Making or Updating your will in light of the pandemic?

A recent case in Alberta: Lamont Estate, 2020 ABQB 449 (link), dealt with the sale of a house where the testator’s dependent daughter lived. The daughter challenged the sale as she had lived in the house rent-free for years. » Read the rest

Accessing and Preparing for Virtual Hearings

  • August 6, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Are you participating in an upcoming remote hearing? Wondering what to do and how to prepare? Check out these resources on Best Practices for Virtual Hearings (link). These resources may be particularly helpful for self-represented litigants.

If you have an upcoming hearing and are looking for a consultation, we might be able to help. » Read the rest

Huronia Regional Centre Survivors Dissatisfied with Class-Action Results

  • August 4, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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The Huronia Regional Centre was formerly an institution for persons with developmental disabilities. Residents were subjected to a multitude of abuses while residing at the Centre. These abuses ranged from physical, emotional and sexual. Former residents of the home brought a class-action lawsuit against the Province to secure some measure of justice for the abuses they endured at the Centre. » Read the rest

Unique Case, Unique Client, Unique Family

  • July 30, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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We’ve posted previously about our client Jasmin Simpson and her resolve to change the Canada Student Loan Program (CSLP) for the better (link). Jasmin’s fight to improve the CSLP for students with severe disabilities has been ongoing for more than a decade. » Read the rest

Bring Evidence-Based ABA to school! A guide to advocate for your child’s access to education

  • February 20, 2019
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Many children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis suffer from a lack of access to meaningful education. Meaningful access to education is a basic human right. Many school boards refuse to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in the classroom despite the research which demonstrates that evidence based ABA is an effective approach to teach students with ASD and other diagnoses. » Read the rest

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