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Day 1: “Ian would die” if institutionalized

  • July 6, 2016
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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

Institutionalization as a form of Discrimination

  • July 4, 2016
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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

Finding the Right Balance

  • June 23, 2016
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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

Autism & Education

  • June 23, 2016
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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

Restaurant Tipping-Emily Shepard Weighs In

  • April 18, 2016
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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.

You can read the full article here (link). » Read the rest

Physician Assisted Death Bill Released

  • April 14, 2016
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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

Panel Discussion on Representing Clients with Disabilities

  • March 29, 2016
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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

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