- July 24, 2017
- Comments Off on Ontario Superior Court Recognizes Independent Tort of Harassment in Sweeping Critique of the RCMP
On February 28, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court released a lengthy, sweeping judgment, criticizing the RCMP and its officers for a prolonged campaign of harassment against Sergeant Peter Merrifield.
Over a period of seven years, the Court found that members of the RCMP had launched unsubstantiated disciplinary investigations against Sergeant Merrifield; had transferred Sergeant Merrifield away from his field of expertise and denied him assignments; accused him of “kiting” or stealing funds from his RCMP American Express card; critiqued Sergeant Merrifield for engaging in public appearances; made disparaging comments about Sergeant Merrifield to his human intelligence sources as well as other members of the RCMP; and ultimately did what they could to ensure Sergeant Merrifield’s illustrious career was stonewalled. » Read the rest
Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. Summary: SCC Reaffirms Test for Discrimination but Gives a Narrow Understanding of Addiction
- June 27, 2017
- Comments Off on Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. Summary: SCC Reaffirms Test for Discrimination but Gives a Narrow Understanding of Addiction
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
- Comments Off on Canada’s Transportation System Should be the Most Accessible in the World, says CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency
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
- June 19, 2017
- Comments Off on CBC covers our clients’ fight for more accessible software in the federal public service
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
- May 24, 2017
- Comments Off on Federal Benefits Workers not to Play Detective
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
- May 23, 2017
- Comments Off on VIA Rail Changes its Policies on Mobility Devices on its Trains
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
- May 15, 2017
- Comments Off on More Coverage of our Clients’ Victory over Via Rail
Michelle McQuigge, Canadian Press, reported on our clients’ case against Via Rail. You can read the story in the Globe and Mail here (link).
- May 1, 2017
- Comments Off on Federal court dismisses VIA Rail appeal on couples with mobility scooters travelling together
CBC recently reported on our clients’ success at the Federal Court of Appeal. You can read their story here (link).
- April 28, 2017
- Comments Off on Bakerlaw is Hiring an Associate Lawyer
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