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Ontario’s Back-to-School Plan Fails to Accommodate Students with Disabilities

In the midst of a global pandemic, the return to school for Ontario students has been a source of anxiety for many parents and caregivers across the province. For students with disabilities, the return to school poses a number of challenges.

In its article dated September 2, 2020, TVO wrote about the failure of Ontario’s back-to-school plan to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. » Read the rest

Charter challenge filed in Quebec regarding the province’s back to school plan

  • September 1, 2020
  • Amanda Dimilta
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Parents in Quebec are anxious about their province’s back to school plan, which does not require any students to wear masks in class and which only offers a remote learning option to student’s who provide supportive medical documentation. If students do not attend in person and do not provide a doctor’s note, they will not receive an education. » Read the rest

HRTO Delays Compromise Access to Justice

  • September 1, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Most of bakerlaw’s work occurs at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). Since the Ford government came to power, the Tribunal has been struggling to address cases in a timely manner. At first, there was the consolidation of the Social Justice Tribunals into Tribunals Ontario (link). Then several members saw their terms end without renewal or replacement (link). » Read the rest

Back to School Update for Private and Independent Schools

  • August 27, 2020
  • Amanda Dimilta
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On August 25, 2020, education law expert Eric Roher of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP led a discussion regarding school re-opening plans for private and independent schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar provided a helpful summary of the recent regulations, guidelines and announcements which impact re-opening plans for schools.

Roher encouraged private and independent school administrators to follow the Ministry of Education’s “Guide to Re-opening Ontario’s Schools” released July 31, 2020. » Read the rest

Accessing and Preparing for Virtual Hearings

  • August 6, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Are you participating in an upcoming remote hearing? Wondering what to do and how to prepare? Check out these resources on Best Practices for Virtual Hearings (link). These resources may be particularly helpful for self-represented litigants.

If you have an upcoming hearing and are looking for a consultation, we might be able to help. » Read the rest

Huronia Regional Centre Survivors Dissatisfied with Class-Action Results

  • August 4, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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The Huronia Regional Centre was formerly an institution for persons with developmental disabilities. Residents were subjected to a multitude of abuses while residing at the Centre. These abuses ranged from physical, emotional and sexual. Former residents of the home brought a class-action lawsuit against the Province to secure some measure of justice for the abuses they endured at the Centre. » Read the rest

30 years of the ADA!

  • July 30, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paved the way for significant advancements in protecting human rights for persons with disabilities. This year, we celebrate 30 years of the ADA!

The “Burgdorf on Disability Rights” website dedicated to telling stories (past and present) and providing helpful insights on the topics of disability rights in the United States. » Read the rest

Unique Case, Unique Client, Unique Family

  • July 30, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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We’ve posted previously about our client Jasmin Simpson and her resolve to change the Canada Student Loan Program (CSLP) for the better (link). Jasmin’s fight to improve the CSLP for students with severe disabilities has been ongoing for more than a decade. Jasmin is arguing that students who take longer to complete their programs because of disability-related reasons, incur greater debt than their non-disabled peers and that this additional debt is discriminatory. » Read the rest

Changes At Bakerlaw

  • July 29, 2020
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw is pleased to announce that it has been growing, regionalizing and adding new leadership.

Starting today it begins a second stage to the achievement of these goals, projected to extend over the coming year that will include the addition of experienced litigators, the launching of an access to justice initiative and working collaboratively to establish a law and policy centre that will be involved in research, international consulting and graduate level education. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw Response to COVID-19

  • March 17, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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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

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