Articles written by BakerLaw

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.  » 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. » 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. » Read the rest

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) celebrate ruling in Carter v. Canada

  • October 10, 2013
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Toronto, ON, October 10, 2013 — The British Columbia Court of Appeal released its decision today in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), concerning the constitutionality of the Criminal Code prohibitions against euthanasia and assisted suicide. The majority of the Court allowed the appeal by the Attorney General of Canada, finding that the trial judge was bound by stare decisis to apply the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Rodriguez v. » Read the rest

Think job accommodations are costly and ineffective? Think again.

  • September 20, 2013
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Workplace accommodations are “low cost and high impact”, the Job Accommodation Network says. See the results of their study here.

Bakerlaw can help employers develop accommodations in the workplace. We also help employees secure accommodations. If you require assistance, please feel free to contact us for a consultation.

An End to Barriers at the HRTO for Victims of Racial Discrimination

  • September 19, 2013
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Victims of racial discrimination have long been doubly victimized: first, by the alleged discriminator, and then, by a human rights process that required they prove what illicit thoughts motivated the discriminator.  An almost impossible task.

In two recent, landmark decisions, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario can assume the existence of “subtle unconscious” racism, where the facts of a case support this inference.  » Read the rest

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