Articles written by BakerLaw

Environmental Issues and Disability Rights

  • July 9, 2014
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Toronto, ON, July 9, 2014 – Noise and chemicals are two ways in which our public and private institutions have been endangering the health of workers, residents and travelers.

bakerlaw was counsel to the West Toronto Diamond Community Group (WTDCG) in their successful efforts to stop Metrolinx’s use of high impact pile drivers in their assault on the low income residents of the Junction area of Toronto. » Read the rest

Human Rights Commission Releases Policy on Mental Illness and Addiction-based Discrimination

  • June 19, 2014
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This week, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its new “Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions” (link to policy).  This much-needed policy will shed light on how to recognize the existence of a mental health disability and addiction, and a corresponding duty to accommodate, as well as the process of accommodation itself in these cases.   » Read the rest

Federal Court of Appeal Rules Employers Must Accommodate Childcare Obligations

  • May 28, 2014
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Toronto, ON, May 27, 2014 — In a unanimous decision, the Federal Court of Appeal found that it is discriminatory for employers to refuse to accommodate employees with bona fide childcare obligations.  The Court upheld the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which ruled that Canadian National Railway (CN) discriminated against Denise Seeley by failing to accommodate her family obligations. » Read the rest

Good News About Special Education

  • May 20, 2014
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Toronto, ON, May 20, 2014 — It is frightening how many families have had their exceptional child excluded indefinitely from school, or have felt compelled to home school or privately educate their child because a publicly funded school did not meet their child’s needs.  Universal education for all has become a fantasy rather than a reality. » Read the rest

Devaluation of Persons with Disabilities Most Evident: The Case of Emergency Preparedness

  • April 11, 2014
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Toronto, ON, April 11, 2014 – I once heard Catherine Frazee speak at OISE about the ways Ontario’s emergency measures planning is based on an assumption that persons with disabilities are expendable.

The maritime code traditionally held that when grabbing life jackets or boarding life boats it was to be “women and children first.” » Read the rest

Interesting Links

  • April 10, 2014
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We’re happy to share information* about related institutions and organizations engaged in social justice advocacy.  Here is a sampling of links you may be interested in:

LEGAL

DISABILITY

JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

*These links are here for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsements. » Read the rest

Family Responsibilities are Human Rights

  • November 6, 2013
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Toronto, ON, November 6, 2013 – Bakerlaw strongly believes it is discriminatory to refuse to accommodate persons with bona fide responsibilities for the care of family members. We are pleased to be at the forefront of championing the rights of caregivers, a group who has suffered in silence for too long. » Read the rest

Law Society Should Rethink Two-Tier Articling System

  • October 28, 2013
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Toronto, ON, October 28, 2013 — The Law Society of Upper Canada has been compelled to respond to disturbing evidence that its articling requirement is an impenetrable barrier for many qualified law graduates. Unless an articling position can be found within 2 years of completing law school, students already burdened with debt and hard earned expectations are removed from the licensing process. » Read the rest

Ministry Breaches Charter and Puts Lives at Risk

  • October 21, 2013
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Toronto, ON, October 21, 2013 – Where medically necessary health services are not performed in Ontario, or treatment wait lists pose a risk of death or irreversible tissue damage, Ontario residents have a right to go outside the country (“Out of Country”) for treatment at public expense. This program is essential to fulfill the medicare’s “sacred trust”: to publicly fund all medically necessary services. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw Introduces Guide to Accommodations in Education for Students with Disabilities

  • October 16, 2013
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Toronto, ON, October 16, 2013 — Bakerlaw has developed a Guide to assist families seeking accommodations for students with disabilities in education. The Guide sets out legal avenues, both formal and informal, that will help families pursue and maintain accommodations for their children in the educational context.

To view the Guide, visit our page on Education Law by clicking this link: http://bakerlaw.ca//31/education-law/ » Read the rest

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