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Dr. Poland Lai explores the impact of COVID-19 on individuals receiving and/or providing care

Dr. Poland Lai (link), Assistant Professor at York University, article Falling through the care cracks: younger people in long-term care homes (link) explores the issue of young persons with disabilities residing in Long-term care homes. She argues that LTC homes are not always considered as the most appropriate place for young persons with disabilities to reside, but the stark reality is that this is sometimes one of very limited choices available. » Read the rest

Autism Ontario’s Response to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee Recommendations

  • November 8, 2021
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In October 2021, Autism Ontario released its response to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee Recommendations. The Committee provided recommendations to the Ontario government for proposed accessibility standards for K-12 education, which covered nine broad themes:

  1. attitudes, behaviours, perceptions and assumptions
  2. awareness and training
  3. curriculum, assessment and instruction
  4. digital learning and technology
  5. organizational barriers
  6. social realms
  7. physical and architectural barriers
  8. planning for emergencies and safety framework
  9. timelines and accountability

You can review the Education Standards Development Committee’s Report here (link). » Read the rest

Mistreatment of residents living in congregate care and/or treatment settings

  • November 4, 2021
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Content warning: Abuse of persons with disabilities

With social media and attention to shed light on the issue regarding abuse by a caregiver or support worker of a developmentally disabled person, it would be reasonable to assume that society has progressed to ensure safeguards are in place to prevent this mistreatment. » Read the rest

Ontario proposes a bill that would benefit foreign-trained professionals

  • October 27, 2021
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The Ontario government announced its intention to propose legislation that, if passed, would make it easier for foreign-trained professionals and tradespeople to work in their respective fields by removing some barriers that internationally-trained immigrants face. For example, such changes would include the removal of the requirement for Canadian work experience, in certain regulated professions and trades. » Read the rest

Thoughts on Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Northern Regional Health Authority v Horrocks

  • October 26, 2021
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The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued its decision in Northern Regional Health Authority v Horrocks, 2021 SCC 423 (link), ruling that human rights tribunals in Manitoba cannot hear complaints from unionized employees.

While this is the case for Manitoba, a careful review of the decision indicates this is likely not the case in other jurisdictions, including Ontario. » Read the rest

UBC Law Students seek Mentorship from Lawyers with Disabilities – Call for Lawyer Mentors

  • October 22, 2021
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The newly founded UBC Law Disability Alliance (“ULDA”) is seeking student mentorship from lawyers with disabilities. This new program is intended to help law students with disabilities “foster a sense of belonging, support disability based activism, and develop networking ties” as they begin their promising legal careers. » Read the rest

A Note of Thanks and Farewell to our Managing Partner

  • August 3, 2021
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Bakerlaw is saddened to announce the departure of our Managing Partner, Kim Srivastava.

Kim first began her journey with bakerlaw as an articling student. She quickly worked her way to a senior associate position within the firm. Last year, Kim became the newly appointed Managing Partner. » Read the rest

Ontario Superior Court Unclear on IDEL Interpretation

  • July 20, 2021
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The Ontario Superior Court has released its third decision involving whether or not Ontario’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation (“IDEL”) under the Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) removes an employee’s right to sue for constructive dismissal at common law. » Read the rest

Protected Ground of Citizenship does not Include Permanent Residency

  • June 21, 2021
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Ontario’s Divisional Court allowed an application for judicial review regarding the 2018 case of Haseeb v. Imperial Oil (Link) .While the Tribunal had ruled that the protected ground of citizenship extended to permanent residents, the Divisional Court disagreed and overturned this finding. » Read the rest

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