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bakerlaw has moved!

  • April 8, 2022
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After over 10 years at 4711 Yonge Street, bakerlaw has moved into a new office space in downtown Toronto.

Our new office is located at:

205 Richmond Street West
2nd Floor
Toronto, ON  M5V 1V3

Our phone numbers, fax number, and email addresses remain the same at this time. » Read the rest

Manitoba based Charter challenge aims to bring change to disability payment claw-backs

  • March 28, 2022
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On March 21, 2022, The Winnipeg Free Press published an article outlining the Charter challenge that Mr. Paul Hutlet has launched with the assistance of bakerlaw. The article, “Disability payment program structures face constitutional challenge” can be found here (link). » Read the rest

Guest Blog: Self-Care Measures for Care Providers

  • February 3, 2022
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Bakerlaw recognizes the important role played by caregivers in avoiding unnecessary institutionalization. Ontario’s new (link) Long-Term Care Bill may leave those who refuse to be institutionalized and their caregivers without support. Bakerlaw is concerned this new legislation may not comply with Ontarians’ Charter equality rights, by forcing them to accept institutionalization when community care and support would be preferable. » Read the rest

BAKERLAW 2022 2L SUMMER STUDENT POSITION (MAY-AUGUST)

  • February 2, 2022
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Bakerlaw is hiring a second-year law student for the summer of 2022. Interested candidates should send their application package to Kathleen Osther (kosther@bakerlaw.ca) by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, February 11, 2022.

Application packages must include:

  • A cover letter highlighting the applicant’s experience, interest, or aptitude in Charter and human rights matters;
  • The applicant’s CV;
  • Transcripts from both undergraduate degree and law school;
  • A short writing sample (no more than 5 pages; excerpts accepted);
  • Names and contact information for 2 references (please do not include reference letters in the package).
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Human Rights Day 2021

  • December 10, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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Today marks the 73rd annual Human Rights Day, which celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (link) as put forth by the United Nations in 1948.

This year’s theme for the celebration is “EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”, which relates to Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” » Read the rest

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

  • December 1, 2021
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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

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