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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

Bakerlaw prepares to challenge 2011 amendments to Out-of-Country OHIP legislation

  • April 12, 2017
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As indicated in our blog post here (link), Ontario’s Health Insurance Act and specifically the regulations that govern Out-of-Country claims for OHIP funding were significantly restricted by legislative amendments in 2011.

Bakerlaw has been retained to challenge one of these amendments, which currently requires that all patients seeking funding for the administration of a drug, including the provision of that drug, payment must be recommended by the Executive Officer of the Ontario Drug Benefit Act. » Read the rest

Out-of-Country OHIP requests – Bakerlaw continues to help

  • April 12, 2017
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Bakerlaw continues to help clients obtain prior approval for OHIP funding for out-of-country medical expenses. Unfortunately the Ministry of Health rarely grants Ontarians’ legitimate requests for out-of-country funding for medically necessary treatment which is unavailable in Ontario on a timely basis. Bakerlaw was a key player in developing this area of law and we continue to see results at all stages of the proceeding. » Read the rest

Parents battle for son’s right to autism services in school

  • April 7, 2017
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The Toronto Star has released a story about our clients fight to get adequate autism related accommodations in public schools. You can read the full article here (link).

To learn more about the case check out our earlier blog posts here (link) and here (link).

The case will be heard by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in May. » Read the rest

Couples with Mobility Scooters Must Keep Fighting

  • March 28, 2017
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Earlier this year Bakerlaw featured a blog post about a Canadian Transportation Agency decision regarding rail accessibility. The case was about the lack of adequate tie-down spaces on VIA Rail trains which results in persons with mobility scooters needing to travel separately. We characterized the decision as “favourable but weak” (you can read the post here (link)). » Read the rest

Further Reflections on the Court Challenges Program

  • March 21, 2017
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The Ontario Bar Association has recently published an article by Kiran Kang entitled: Funding Charter Litigation: Lawyers reflect on the revival of a cancelled program.

The article contains comments from lawyers, including bakerlaw’s David Baker, who were able to bring important equality cases thanks to the funding from the former Court Challenges Program . » Read the rest

Along for the Ride

  • March 10, 2017
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The TTC has announced that it will be changing its Wheel-Trans eligibility. These changes will expand the scope of services offered to include persons with sensory, mental-health or cognitive disabilities.

ARCH argued that this very expansion should have occurred in 1999, and the failure to do so was discriminatory. You can read about that case here (link). » Read the rest

Genetic Non-Discrimination Act Passes in Parliament

  • March 10, 2017
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Bill S-201-the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act was passed by Parliament this week. This Act seeks to prevent persons from being compelled to undergo genetic testing and to protect the results of genetic testing from disclosure. You can read more about the Act here (link).

You can read more about genetic discrimination as a legal issue in our previous blog post here (link). » Read the rest

Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-Making and Guardianship

  • March 8, 2017
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The Law Commission of Ontario has announced today that it has released its Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and guardianship. You can view the announcement here (link).

The report examines Ontario’s current policies and laws pertaining to these topics as well as suggested revisions. You can view the full report here (link). » Read the rest

Court Challenges Program – A Call to Action

  • March 2, 2017
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Further to David Baker’s comments on the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program (see our previous blog post here (link)), read this letter (link) to the Minister in charge of the program.

The letter calls on the Minister to confirm the mandate of the program and ensure it is as strong and committed to equality as the former program was. » Read the rest

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