Articles written by Laura Lepine

University of Waterloo Discriminated in its Admissions Decision, Court of Appeal Upholds

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision recognizing that students with disabilities are entitled to substantive accommodation when applying to university.

This decision confirms that university admission processes are not exempt from human rights obligations: where admissions standards adversely impact students with disabilities, universities must accommodate those students, or show that it would be an undue hardship to do so. » Read the rest

Does inaction on climate change violate Canadians’ human rights?

  • November 16, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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Does inaction on climate change violate Canadians’ human rights? If the Netherlands are any example to follow, the answer may be yes.

In The Netherlands vs Urgenda, the Dutch Supreme Court found that an inadequate response to climate change can violate human rights. » Read the rest

Bus Driver with One Eye Wins Drivers’ License Case

  • October 14, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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On July 15, 2020, an Oakville bus driver won her battle against the Ontario Ministry of Transportation regulation that stripped her of her drivers’ license after she lost her right eye to cancer.

Liliana Di Cienzo was a bus driver in Oakville for several years, operating a public bus under her Class C commercial drivers’ license. » Read the rest

Canadians Protected from Genetic Discrimination

  • October 9, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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Genetic testing has never been more accessible. A genetic test can tell you about your ancestry, or tell your doctor important information about your health. The information from a genetic test, however, is highly personal. It would be a breach of your privacy if that information fell into the wrong hands. » Read the rest

UPDATE: Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs for Students with Disabilities

  • January 15, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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From January 14-16, 2020, Jasmin Simpson will finally get her day in court.

Jasmin, who is blind, Deaf, and has lupus, has been waiting for this for nearly two decades. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2008. » Read the rest

HSARB Orders Increased Nursing Hours, Recognizing the Risk of Parental Burnout

  • May 2, 2019
  • Laura Lepine
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On January 10th, 2019 the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (“HSARB”) released its decision in the case of K.H. v Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. K.H., a 9-year-old girl, has a condition called short bowel syndrome. Her conditions necessitates the overnight administration of intravenous nutrition, among other things. » Read the rest

Class action certified for government negligence in abandoning 18 year old disabled people at the bottom of adult waitlists

  • March 11, 2019
  • Laura Lepine
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On December 14th, 2018, Justice Edward P. Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, certified a class action proceeding brought by the father of a disabled person, Briana Leroux. Briana is 20 years old and has a rare brain disorder; she will need constant care for her whole life. » Read the rest

David Lepofsky, Disability Organizations Call on Federal Government to Improve Bill C-81

  • February 26, 2019
  • Laura Lepine
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On January 9th, 2019, the Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (“AODA Alliance”), David Lepofsky, sat down with CTV “Your Morning” host Kelsey McEwen to discuss the federal government’s Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act.

Since the bill’s inception, the federal government has stated it is meant to reflect the principle “nothing about us without us!” » Read the rest

Ministry of Education Gaining Power to Establish Service Animal Guidelines

  • December 21, 2018
  • Laura Lepine
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The Ontario Ministry of Education has recently introduced Bill 48, the “Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2018”, which mandates revocation of a teacher’s teaching certificate if he or she is guilty of professional misconduct involving sexual abuse of a child.

One provision of Bill 48, however, seems unrelated: Schedule 2 of the Bill would amend subsection 8(1) of the Education Act, giving the Minister of Education the power to establish policies and guidelines respecting service animals in schools. » Read the rest

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