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Genetic Discrimination in Canada

  • December 7, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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You may have seen the advertisements on TV or on the subway for at-home kits or private clinic genetic testing. While there are many benefits to having the testing done, there are also serious implications of which you should be aware including implications for your insurance. Read bakerlaw’s Think Paper on the subject here (link to paper). » Read the rest

Out-of-country medical care for youth with mental health disabilities

  • November 25, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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Bakerlaw has been extensively involved in filing applications with OHIP for out-of-country treatment, as well as filing appeals of negative OHIP decisions to the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Many of our clients have been adolescents and young adults with complex mental health disabilities who urgently require residential treatment in specialized facilities in the United States. » Read the rest

Alberta Disability Forum’s “Dialogue on Health and Physician-Assisted Dying”

  • October 30, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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On October 29, 2015, David Baker participated in the Alberta Disability Forum’s “Dialogue on Health and Physician-Assisted Dying” alongside Dr. Eric Wasylenko.

Dr. Wasylenko is a palliative care physician in the Calgary area, and a clinical ethicist with the Health Quality Council of Alberta.  He is also a member of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta, and a Clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw Demands Government Adhere to Accessible Procurement Policies

  • October 22, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Bakerlaw is currently working on bringing a case against the Federal Government for its failure to procure accessible technologies for its employees.

A few years ago, bakerlaw represented the Applicant in Jodhan v Canada (link to case)Ms.  Jodhan is visually impaired and was unable to access public Federal Government websites. » Read the rest

Proposal for the Changing Workplace Review Initiative

  • October 21, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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David Baker and previous bakerlaw associate Meryl Gary (Lancaster House), Wade Poziomka (Ross & McBride LLP), and Karen Segal (Lancaster House) have together drafted a proposal regarding the Changing Workplaces Review. This Review was tasked with “engaging openly with Ontarians to consider actions that will support labour and employment law reforms” and with “building a fair and inclusive society”. » Read the rest

New OHRC report on persons with mental health and addiction disabilities

  • October 15, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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On October 5, 2015, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a new report, ‘By the numbers – a statistical profile of people with mental health and addiction disabilities in Ontario.’

To review the report, click here (link to report).

For more information on your rights with respect to mental health and addiction disabilities, please contact us (link ). » Read the rest

One Step Closer to Deinstitutionalization

  • October 14, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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Bakerlaw has been working to import the “Olmstead principle” into Canadian human rights law (for an earlier post on the issue click here (link to post). In the Olmstead case, a U.S. court held that it was discriminatory to place people in institutions when they could receive the care they required in the community (for more information read the Olmstead case here (link to case) or visit the Bazelon Centre website (link to website)). » Read the rest

Webinar Success and Upcoming Conference on Medical Assisted Dying

  • October 14, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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The “Facing a Future with Assisted Suicide” webinar hosted by Citizens With Disabilities was a success! The panel was moderated by Dr. Eric Wasylenko, of the Health Quality Council of Alberta and the Dosseter Centre of Health Ethics, and bakerlaw’s David Baker participated on the “expert panel”. For more information about the webinar see our earlier post here (link to earlier post). » Read the rest

70% of Canadians Do Not Have Access to Palliative Care

  • October 14, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Bakerlaw is currently exploring the possibility of taking on a case regarding inadequate access to palliative care in Canada. Palliative care is not available in roughly 70% of deaths, though experts report that 90% of deaths would benefit from palliative care. If you are curious about what the case might look like  please review our think paper on the subject here (link to paper). » Read the rest

Age Discrimination in Employment in the Post Mandatory Retirement Era

  • October 14, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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On October 16, 2015, David Baker will be speaking at the Toronto Reference Library on age discrimination in employment in the post-mandatory retirement era.

The event is free and will be from 1 – 2 pm in the Beeton Auditorium at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). For more information regarding the event, click here (link to event). » Read the rest

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