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Bakerlaw Response to COVID-19

Bakerlaw is supporting the public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented a work from home plan for all associates effective immediately. Until further notice, our office doors will remain locked. A bakerlaw team member will be on site to accept service and receive deliveries. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt to changes as necessary. » Read the rest

Free online Autism Law Hub with resource library

  • January 30, 2020
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The Autism Law Hub is an online resource with the mission to assist people who have autism in accessing healthcare treatment, education, employment, and community life.

Within the Hub, the National Autism Law Center works to enforce and expand the legal rights of individuals with autism.

While the Hub is an American website, its free online resource library houses an extensive collection of caselaw and white papers available to people with autism and their advocates to help them assert their rights and challenge the barriers they face in their everyday lives. » Read the rest

CACL and CCD forum on End of Life, Equality, and Disability

  • January 28, 2020
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On January 30, 2020, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is hosting a national forum on medical assistance in dying (MAiD). This forum will discuss the critical balance between the right to autonomy and the right to equality guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. » Read the rest

NEADS webinar on ethno-cultural perspectives on the Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)

  • January 28, 2020
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On January 29, 2020, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is hosting a webinar on ethno-cultural perspectives on the Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) to learn more about intersectionality and the rights of persons with disabilities in Canada, and how various organizations use human rights perspective to ensure rights, inclusion and equality of persons with disabilities. » Read the rest

Thoughts from our intern

  • December 18, 2019
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Konstantina Nikolakis is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto completing her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications, Culture, Information and Technology (CCIT) and majoring in Diaspora studies . She joined bakerlaw as a summer intern following the completion of her 3 year at UofT for 3 months. » Read the rest

Federal Court Decision, Berger v. Canada (Attorney General)

  • December 16, 2019
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On June 4, 2019, The Federal Court of Appeal released their decision emphasizing that the definition of disability under the Canada Pension Plan (“CPP”) is “highly restrictive,” and will not apply to all individuals who experience prolonged health challenges if “they are found to be capable regularly of pursuing a substantially gainful occupation.” » Read the rest

Human Rights Day 2019

  • December 10, 2019
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Today marks the 69th annual Human Rights Day, which celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as put forth by the United Nations in 1948.

This year’s theme for the celebration is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.”

On this celebratory day, the United Nations aims to champion “the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.” » Read the rest

Housing to Become a Human Right in Canada

  • October 4, 2019
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The Canadian Government has introduced the National Housing Strategy Act that affirms housing as a human right. The Act will invest more than $55 billion over the next ten years to give Canadians safe and affordable housing. For years, advocates and the public have been pushing the government to help the 1.7 » Read the rest

New changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board as of October 1, 2019

  • September 27, 2019
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The Government of Ontario announced plans to enhance the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) to replace the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). The program will be known as the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), which builds on the existing VQRP program by making it easier for victims and their families to access services and supports and getting them support faster. » Read the rest

Petition to Reform the Assistive Devices Program

  • September 5, 2019
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The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) has started a petition to change the current Assistive Devices Program (ADP) that makes it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to access the devices they need.

The ADP is chronically underfunded and understaffed; requiring people to wait multiple months for their devices and pay for their own repair costs, which in many cases can reach thousands of dollars. » Read the rest

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