- July 6, 2016
- Comments Off on Day 1: “Ian would die” if institutionalized
Bakerlaw’s David Baker and Emily Shepard delivered opening statements and began the testimony of our client’s mother yesterday in Kingston. They are arguing that the unnecessary institutionalization of a person with disabilities is discriminatory. To learn more about the case check out our earlier blog posts here (link) and here (link). » Read the rest
- July 4, 2016
- Comments Off on Institutionalization as a form of Discrimination
Bakerlaw’s David Baker and Emily Shepard are gearing up for a big case wherein they will argue that institutionalization is a form of discrimination. In the US, in a case called Olmstead, the court held that institutionalizing a person when the care they require could be delivered in the community is discriminatory. » Read the rest
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Special Education Litigation Can Be Intense
This article (link) highlights just some of the challenges parents can find themselves up against when litigating special education cases.
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Finding the Right Balance
The Globe and Mail recently published an article that highlighted the delicate balance between inclusion and accommodation of students with disabilities with ensuring the safety and well-being of all students in the classroom. The article tells the story of a lawsuit against the Toronto District School Board by parents whose children were assaulted by a special needs student. » Read the rest
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Autism & Education
The Waterloo School Board has announced it is beginning discussions with the Province on ways to support students with autism in the school setting. This move was sparked by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ announcement to cut the IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) waitlists and remove children over the age of 5 whether they have received IBI or not. » Read the rest
- April 18, 2016
- Comments Off on Restaurant Tipping-Emily Shepard Weighs In
Bakerlaw’s Emily Shepard was recently cited in an article that covers restaurant tipping and changes being made to how owners in the Toronto restaurant industry are compensating their employees. Emily comments on the importance of Bill 12: Protecting Employees’ Tips Act and the legal protection the Act will offer.
- April 14, 2016
- Comments Off on Physician Assisted Death Bill Released
Today the Federal Government unveiled the bill regarding physician assisted death titled: An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).
This bill is in response to the Carter v Canada decision which held that Canadians have a right physician assistance in dying. » Read the rest
- April 12, 2016
- 5 Comments
The Honourable Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada)
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould (Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada)
The Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott (Minister of Health)
We are calling on you to include a legislated right to palliative care in your legislative response to Carter v. » Read the rest
- April 6, 2016
- Comments Off on Bakerlaw’s Emily Shepard Comments on Miscarriage as a Disability
Bakerlaw’s own Emily Shepard commented on the recent Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario interim decision which held that a miscarriage can be characterized as a disability.
- March 29, 2016
- Comments Off on Panel Discussion on Representing Clients with Disabilities
The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is hosting a panel discussion on representing clients with disabilities.
The panel on Providing Accessible and Quality Legal Services to Clients with Disabilities will take place at 12pm on April 8th, 2016.
The Panel will feature Andrew Astritis, Laila Demirdache and Caterina Galati.
Attendance via webinar is available. » Read the rest