- 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
- July 20, 2021
- Comments Off on Ontario Superior Court Unclear on IDEL Interpretation
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
- June 21, 2021
- Comments Off on Protected Ground of Citizenship does not Include Permanent Residency
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
- June 4, 2021
- Comments Off on Making hospital health care more accessible for persons with disabilities
The Provincial Health Care Standards Development Committee is seeking public feedback to on its recommendations to update standards in hospitals. The initial recommendations seek to increase accessibility of health care services delivered in hospitals to persons with disabilities.
Nico’s Amendment: Changes to immigration laws expected to address discrimination against applicants with disabilities
- June 4, 2021
- Comments Off on Nico’s Amendment: Changes to immigration laws expected to address discrimination against applicants with disabilities
The Federal government has announced it will be changing the current discriminatory immigration laws which create an additional hurdle for migrants with disabilities and illnesses.
The change arises from Felipe Montoya’s personal experience navigating the discriminatory immigration rules. Mr. Montoya came to Canada in 2012 under a work permit for a tenured position at York University in the faculty of environmental studies. » Read the rest
- May 28, 2021
- Comments Off on Eyes Open: An Anti-Asian Racism PSA
Eyes Open: An Anti-Asian Racism PSA (link) provides a powerful and poignant message encouraging all Canadians to recognize historical and present injustices in our communities.
With a marked rise in anti-Asian racism, this Asian Heritage Month, the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice has launched the #FaceRace Campaign. » Read the rest
- May 21, 2021
- Comments Off on “Know Your Rights” – Vaccine Equity Podcast
Bakerlaw’s David Baker (link) recently was a guest on the “Know Your Rights” segment of the Kelly and Company podcast – AMI-audio’s (link) daily live afternoon programming. On the podcast, he spoke with host Danielle McLaughlin about the inequitable roll-out of Ontario’s COVID vaccinations, and the impact that the inequitable vaccine roll-out is having on Ontarians with disabilities. » Read the rest
- May 20, 2021
- Comments Off on COVID-19 Temporary Layoffs Can Be Constructive Dismissal
On April 16th, 2021, the Superior Court of Ontario held that Ontario’s Infectious Disease Emergency Leave Regulation (IDEL) under the Employment Standards Act does not remove a laid-off employee’s common law right to sue for constructive dismissal.
The IDEL Regulation, which was enacted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, gave non-unionized employees the right to take unpaid, job-protected, infectious disease emergency leave if they were not performing the duties of their position because of reasons related to COVID-19. » Read the rest
- May 10, 2021
- Comments Off on Ableism in the Medical Profession
In a recent article, BBC News has reported on the discriminatory treatment experienced by disabled medical students in the pursuit of accommodations for their disability-related needs. Referred to as “ableism,” perceptions within professional circles of medical students and professionals with disabilities as inferior and less competent has resulted in many not getting the accommodations that they need. » Read the rest
- May 7, 2021
- Comments Off on 2021Federal Budget Expands Benefits for Canadians with Disabilities
On April 19, 2021, the Trudeau government released its 2021 budget. The budget offers a number of benefits and expansions to existing programs to help Canadians during these difficult times. Maclean’s magazine has provided a detailed summary of the budget, which you can access here (link). » Read the rest