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Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. Summary: SCC Reaffirms Test for Discrimination but Gives a Narrow Understanding of Addiction

  • June 27, 2017
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On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in the case of Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30.  The majority judgment affirmed the current framework for determining whether discrimination has occurred. However, bakerlaw is concerned that the majority decision could have a chilling effect on individuals suffering from an addiction, as the Court’s ruling hinged on a very narrow understanding of addiction, which impacted its decision on whether in this case, drug dependence was a factor in the termination of employment. » Read the rest

Canada’s Transportation System Should be the Most Accessible in the World, says CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency

  • June 19, 2017
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The Canadian Transportation Agency has been undergoing a major regulatory review, called the Regulatory Modernization Initiative, with the goal of improving all of its regulations. The is an opportunity to improve regulations regarding accessibility. Today, the CEO of the Agency, Scott Streiner, gave a speech outlining his vision to make Canada’s national transportation system the most accessible in the world.  » Read the rest

CBC covers our clients’ fight for more accessible software in the federal public service

  • June 19, 2017
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The CBC published a story about our client’s case against the federal government regarding inaccessible internal government software and websites. You can read the full CBC story here (link). Our client, a long-time federal public servant with a disability, faced barriers with widely-used software in public service. This negatively affected her ability to do her job. » Read the rest

French Prime Minister visits Community Home for the Disabled within Days of New Government Formation

  • May 24, 2017
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The website handicap.fr recently published an article entitled: The Prime Minister visits persons with disabilities.

Just days after the new French government was announced, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Minister of State for Disabled People Sophie Cluzel paid a visit to a community home for the disabled, at the invitation of the Simon de Cyrène foundation. » Read the rest

Federal Benefits Workers not to Play Detective

  • May 24, 2017
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The Toronto Star has recently published an article by Jordan Press entitled: Federal benefits workers told to stay off social media when vetting applications.

The article explains how workers who determine eligibility for employment, disability, or seniors’ benefits are not permitted to use publicly available information, including social media posts, online obituaries, and municipal property information, when deciding whether someone qualifies for benefits. » Read the rest

VIA Rail Changes its Policies on Mobility Devices on its Trains

  • May 23, 2017
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As a result of our clients’ successful litigation at the Canadian Transportation Agency, VIA Rail proposed revisions to its policy regarding mobility devices to now permit two devices to be tied down on its trains. Previously, VIA’s policy only permitted one mobility device at a time to be tied down on its trains. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw is Hiring an Associate Lawyer

  • April 28, 2017
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Associate Lawyer Position Available

Bakerlaw is looking for a litigation associate lawyer with 2-5 years’ experience.

Bakerlaw is a small, progressive firm. We specialize in public interest work in civil litigation and administrative law, with emphasis on disability law, human rights and Charter litigation. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients, to the community and to broader systemic equality issues. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw is Hiring!

  • April 21, 2017
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Legal Administrator/Paralegal Position Available

Bakerlaw is a small law firm specializing in human rights, disability, health, education and Charter issues. Our clients are typically individuals rather than institutions, and we seek out challenging cases.

In your role of Legal Administrator /Paralegal you will have numerous responsibilities including:

  • Conducting client intakes
  • Drafting legal documents and forms
  • Document production for service and filing
  • Maintaining electronic and paper client files
  • Preparing and sending client invoices
  • Processing accounts payable

A significant portion of the position relates to client intake. » Read the rest

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