- September 14, 2017
- Comments Off on Establishing the Right to Palliative Care in Canada
Bakerlaw’s David Baker and summer student Geoff Cross recently wrote an article entitled: Establishing The Right to Palliative Care in Canada (link). The article explores two possible ways to establish an enforceable legal right to palliative care in Canada.
- September 13, 2017
- Comments Off on ABA in Ontario Schools Case Continues
Bakerlaw is gearing up for a hearing on October 12th regarding our client’s case against a local school board. Our client requires ABA in order to access his education and is not receiving it. You can read more about the case here (link).
The family welcomes any support you can give. » Read the rest
- August 16, 2017
- Comments Off on Technological Accessibility: The Future Begins with Federal Government Websites
In June 2017, the University of Pennsylvania Press published Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology, edited by Jonathan Lazar and Michael Ashley Stein. The work is a collection of essays discussing barriers and accommodations for persons with disabilities in an increasingly technologically-driven world. Chapter 6, “Using Provincial Laws to Drive a National Agenda: Connecting Human Rights and Disability Rights Law”, by Ravi Malhotra and Megan A. » Read the rest
- August 16, 2017
- Comments Off on Reflections on Justice John Matheson’s Landmark Decision in Clark v Clark
In 1982, Justin Clark made history when he successfully defeated his parents’ application to have him declared legally incapable of making his own decisions. Justin had lived in the Rideau Regional Centre in Lanark County for 18 of his 20 years of life, and suffered multiple disabilities as a result of cerebral palsy. » Read the rest
- August 9, 2017
- Comments Off on Remembering the History of Euthanasia in Canada
A former client recently published a piece on euthanasia in the magazine Policy Options. The article traces the history of devaluing the lives of persons with disabilities and details events in Canadian history involving euthanasia of infants with disabilities. With the legalization of medical assistance in dying, it is important to remain aware of how the lives of persons with disabilities continue to be seen as less valuable, which increases vulnerability to involuntary assistance in dying. » Read the rest
- August 3, 2017
- Comments Off on Barriers in the Digital Workplace
Bakerlaw recently posted a story about its client, a federal public servant who is fighting to remove barriers in the digital workplace. You can read more about that story here (link).
A similar story was recently published which further explains the challenges persons with disabilities face when struggling to navigate inaccessible technology. » Read the rest
- July 27, 2017
- Comments Off on VIA Rail Creates More Barriers in Fight of Greater Accessibility
Want an update on our clients’ continuing fight for greater accessibility on VIA Rail trains? Read this CBC, Canadian Press article here (link).
You can read our previous post on the continuing saga here (link).
Stay tuned for more updates; this case isn’t over yet . . » Read the rest
- July 24, 2017
- Comments Off on New Developments in Harassment and Poisoned Environment Jurisprudence in Ontario
The month of June, 2017 was full of promising decisions from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal with respect to workplace harassment and poisoned environment. In Gricken v Andriano, the Tribunal awarded $20,000 to a complainant whose landlord persistently harassed her on the basis of sex. In George v 1735475 Ontario Limited, the Tribunal also awarded $20,000 to the complainant, this time based on a poisoned work environment on the basis of race. » Read the rest
- July 24, 2017
- Comments Off on New Decision Puts Responsibility on Employers to Remedy Poisoned Work Environments
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario’s recent decision in George v 1735475 Ontario Limited (2017 HRTO 761) is an important precedent in combatting discrimination that permeates a work environment. This type of discrimination is known as a ‘poisoned environment’. In this case, a construction company was found liable for a racially poisoned environment. » Read the rest
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario awards compensation to tenant whose landlord “made her personal life a misery”
- July 24, 2017
- Comments Off on Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario awards compensation to tenant whose landlord “made her personal life a misery”
In Gricken v Andriano, 2017 HRTO 698, Janice Gricken brought an application before the HRTO alleging discrimination with respect to housing based on sex, age, and perceived receipt of public assistance, as well as reprisal, contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code. The application was made against Ms. Gricken’s landlord, Jacques Andriano. » Read the rest