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Bakerlaw Response to COVID-19

Bakerlaw is supporting the public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented a work from home plan for all associates effective immediately. Until further notice, our office doors will remain locked. A bakerlaw team member will be on site to accept service and receive deliveries. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt to changes as necessary. » Read the rest

UPDATE: Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs for Students with Disabilities

  • January 15, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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From January 14-16, 2020, Jasmin Simpson will finally get her day in court.

Jasmin, who is blind, Deaf, and has lupus, has been waiting for this for nearly two decades. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2008. Jasmin took 60% longer to complete her degrees than her peers without disabilities. » Read the rest

Thoughts from our intern

  • December 18, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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Konstantina Nikolakis is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto completing her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications, Culture, Information and Technology (CCIT) and majoring in Diaspora studies . She joined bakerlaw as a summer intern following the completion of her 3 year at UofT for 3 months. » Read the rest

Federal Court Decision, Berger v. Canada (Attorney General)

  • December 16, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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On June 4, 2019, The Federal Court of Appeal released their decision emphasizing that the definition of disability under the Canada Pension Plan (“CPP”) is “highly restrictive,” and will not apply to all individuals who experience prolonged health challenges if “they are found to be capable regularly of pursuing a substantially gainful occupation.” » Read the rest

Cuts to provincial funding result in backlogs, delays for administrative tribunals

  • December 13, 2019
  • Amanda Dimilta
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Administrative tribunals were created to offer expertise in specialized areas of law, and to be an accessible alternative to civil court proceedings for the residents of Ontario. These tribunals manage disputes related to landlord and tenant issues, employment discrimination, access to public education, and availability of social benefits, among many others. » Read the rest

David Baker reviews “Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions”

  • December 11, 2019
  • David Baker
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Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions, by Dr. Mike Condra and Meryl Gary: 2019: Lancaster House

Lancaster House: $65.00

Mental health cases have suffered for years from the stigma of being treated differently from other disability based human rights cases. While the reasons for this second class treatment may be left unsaid, they are likely due to the challenges that clients with mental health disabilities pose to their unions or lawyers due to the acute distress they experience. » Read the rest

Human Rights Day 2019

  • December 10, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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Today marks the 69th annual Human Rights Day, which celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as put forth by the United Nations in 1948.

This year’s theme for the celebration is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.”

On this celebratory day, the United Nations aims to champion “the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.” » Read the rest

Housing to Become a Human Right in Canada

  • October 4, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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The Canadian Government has introduced the National Housing Strategy Act that affirms housing as a human right. The Act will invest more than $55 billion over the next ten years to give Canadians safe and affordable housing. For years, advocates and the public have been pushing the government to help the 1.7 » Read the rest

New changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board as of October 1, 2019

  • September 27, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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The Government of Ontario announced plans to enhance the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) to replace the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). The program will be known as the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), which builds on the existing VQRP program by making it easier for victims and their families to access services and supports and getting them support faster. » Read the rest

Petition to Reform the Assistive Devices Program

  • September 5, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) has started a petition to change the current Assistive Devices Program (ADP) that makes it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to access the devices they need.

The ADP is chronically underfunded and understaffed; requiring people to wait multiple months for their devices and pay for their own repair costs, which in many cases can reach thousands of dollars. » Read the rest

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