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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

Communications and Disability Rights: How Litigation before the CRTC Can Make a Difference

  • August 11, 2014
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Legal Activism Can Create Social: The Role of Disability Advocacy in the Information ‘Revolution’

This summer, Bakerlaw is pleased to host Julia Munk, Osgoode Hall Law School’s 2014 Kreppner Plater Fellowship winner. Julia is researching how effective advocacy before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) can make gains for the rights of persons with disabilities generally. » Read the rest

Student Loans a Major Source of Discrimination Against Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities

  • July 16, 2014
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Toronto, ON, July 16, 2014 – Students with disabilities have significantly higher costs when attending post-secondary colleges and universities.  What is less well understood is that many students with disabilities are also burdened with significantly higher student debt to repay after leaving school.

Studies show student debt is a major concern for all post-secondary students, but debt is particularly onerous for students with disabilities who consequently require more time to complete their degree or diploma.  » Read the rest

Communications and Disability Rights: How Litigation before the CRTC Can Make a Difference

  • July 11, 2014
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This summer, Bakerlaw is pleased to host Julia Munk, Osgoode Hall Law School’s 2014 Kreppner Plater Fellowship winner. Julia is researching how effective advocacy before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) can make gains for the rights of persons with disabilities generally. Bakerlaw will feature some of Julia’s work on the website over the summer, beginning with her first blog post on the historical development of telecommunications regulation and successful advocacy before the CRTC – by both lawyers and non-lawyers – in favour of disability rights:

Telecommunications Makes Canada a Nation and Access Makes Its Citizens

Telecommunications has played a distinct role in Canada’s national development. » Read the rest

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

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