Articles written by BakerLaw

Accommodated Testing on the LSAT

  • October 22, 2014
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In May 2014, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding accommodations on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) (link to settlement agreement).  In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that the LSAC’s accommodation policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state anti-discrimination laws.  » Read the rest

The Government Spending More Money Fighting Claims than Getting People Care

  • October 22, 2014
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An article recently published in the London Free Press outlines the transformation of Ontario’s health care coverage claim and appeal process into a system in which the Ministry of Health denies countless deserving claims and it is nearly impossible for a patient to win an appeal to the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (link to article).  » Read the rest

VIA Rail Class Action and Settlement Agreement regarding Inaccessibility of VIA train Sleeper Cars

  • October 21, 2014
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In August 2014, bakerlaw posted about VIA Rail’s announcement of new accessible cabins for two on its Canadian train between Toronto and Vancouver (link to post).   Trips onboard the renovated sleeper car with an accessible double sleeping compartment are now being offered at a compensatory discount to members of a recent class action settlement in Cummings vs. » Read the rest

Youth Mental Health in Education (YMHE) Action Group – Ensuring Accessible Education for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

  • October 21, 2014
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On October 7, 2014, Toronto District School Board teacher Sheryl Boswell hosted the “Taking Action in Youth Mental Health in Education” event to raise awareness and funds for the Youth Mental Health in Education (YMHE) Action group.  The YMHE Action group is comprised of educators, parents, people with experience in mental health issues, and concerned community members, all of whom share the goals of increasing awareness of youth mental health issues in the educational system and ensuring that accessible education is a reality for all. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw to appear before Supreme Court of Canada in Carter Assisted Suicide case

  • October 10, 2014
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On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear arguments on whether Canada should strike down statutory provisions designed to prevent assisted suicide, but only with regard to disabled people. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are the organized voice of Canada’s disabled citizens and will be represented by bakerlaw as an intervener at the hearing in order to oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia (AS/E). » Read the rest

“Humanity Evolving on Human Rights” – Interesting and Insightful Comment from Disability Rights Advocate Jim Derksen

  • September 29, 2014
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On September 29, 2014, disability rights advocate Jim Derksen published an insightful comment on the development of human rights understanding (link to article). Mr. Derksen is a leader in local, provincial, national, and international disability movements, and presently serves on the inclusive design advisory committee and human rights advisory council to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, an organization he believes will play an important role in facilitating ongoing discussion about what human rights means and “how it can be applied to human relations throughout the world.” » Read the rest

Institutionalization as a Form of Discrimination

  • September 24, 2014
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Too often, people with disabilities are forced to move into an institution in order to receive the health care they require. These institutions are isolated from the community, and deprive many people with disabilities of the ability to participate in public and community life.

In many cases, this care could be provided in the community, rather than in an institution. » Read the rest

Osgoode Hall’s The Court Comments on Changes in Special Education

  • September 24, 2014
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Osgoode Hall Law School’s The Court law blog has posted a comment on the effects of recent case law on special education services (link to comment).  For more information, please see bakerlaw‘s previous comment on the changes in special education (link to comment), as well as the 2012 Supreme Court of Canada decision, Moore v British Columbia (Ministry of Education), 2012 SCC 61 (link to decision), and the 2013 Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision, RB v Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, 2013 HRTO 1436 (link to decision). » Read the rest

“Canadians Should not be Provided Public Support to Kill Themselves”

  • September 2, 2014
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Toronto, ON, August 29, 2014 —  “It’s not worse than death, and people who are mislead into believing it will be should not be offered public support to kill themselves”, say two leading disability rights organizations who will be opposing attempts to strike down statutory provisions designed to prevent counselling or assisting anyone, disabled or not, to die. » Read the rest

Recent Improvements in Accessibility of VIA Rail Services

  • August 27, 2014
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Last week, VIA Rail announced the new accessible cabin for two on its Canadian train between Toronto and Vancouver (link to article). VIA Rail announced that the cabin was designed following extensive research of accessibility requirements within the transportation industry.

Via Rail’s accessibility investments over the past few years would not have occurred without the hard work of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), represented by bakerlaw, who waged a protracted legal battle against VIA Rail, a crown corporation, for its determination to keep inaccessible passenger rail cars in service. » Read the rest

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