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“Humanity Evolving on Human Rights” – Interesting and Insightful Comment from Disability Rights Advocate Jim Derksen

  • September 29, 2014
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On September 29, 2014, disability rights advocate Jim Derksen published an insightful comment on the development of human rights understanding (link to article). Mr. Derksen is a leader in local, provincial, national, and international disability movements, and presently serves on the inclusive design advisory committee and human rights advisory council to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, an organization he believes will play an important role in facilitating ongoing discussion about what human rights means and “how it can be applied to human relations throughout the world.” » Read the rest

Institutionalization as a Form of Discrimination

  • September 24, 2014
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Too often, people with disabilities are forced to move into an institution in order to receive the health care they require. These institutions are isolated from the community, and deprive many people with disabilities of the ability to participate in public and community life.

In many cases, this care could be provided in the community, rather than in an institution. » Read the rest

Osgoode Hall’s The Court Comments on Changes in Special Education

  • September 24, 2014
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Osgoode Hall Law School’s The Court law blog has posted a comment on the effects of recent case law on special education services (link to comment).  For more information, please see bakerlaw‘s previous comment on the changes in special education (link to comment), as well as the 2012 Supreme Court of Canada decision, Moore v British Columbia (Ministry of Education), 2012 SCC 61 (link to decision), and the 2013 Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision, RB v Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, 2013 HRTO 1436 (link to decision). » Read the rest

“Canadians Should not be Provided Public Support to Kill Themselves”

  • September 2, 2014
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Toronto, ON, August 29, 2014 —  “It’s not worse than death, and people who are mislead into believing it will be should not be offered public support to kill themselves”, say two leading disability rights organizations who will be opposing attempts to strike down statutory provisions designed to prevent counselling or assisting anyone, disabled or not, to die. » Read the rest

Recent Improvements in Accessibility of VIA Rail Services

  • August 27, 2014
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Last week, VIA Rail announced the new accessible cabin for two on its Canadian train between Toronto and Vancouver (link to article). VIA Rail announced that the cabin was designed following extensive research of accessibility requirements within the transportation industry.

Via Rail’s accessibility investments over the past few years would not have occurred without the hard work of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), represented by bakerlaw, who waged a protracted legal battle against VIA Rail, a crown corporation, for its determination to keep inaccessible passenger rail cars in service. » Read the rest

Communications and Disability Rights: How Litigation before the CRTC Can Make a Difference

  • August 11, 2014
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Legal Activism Can Create Social: The Role of Disability Advocacy in the Information ‘Revolution’

This summer, Bakerlaw is pleased to host Julia Munk, Osgoode Hall Law School’s 2014 Kreppner Plater Fellowship winner. Julia is researching how effective advocacy before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) can make gains for the rights of persons with disabilities generally. » Read the rest

Caregiver Accommodation: The Final Answer

  • August 5, 2014
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Toronto, ON, August 5, 2014 — The deadline for Canadian National Railways to appeal the case of Denise Seeley to the Supreme Court of Canada has passed. As a consequence her Federal Court of Appeal victory stands, confirming that every employer is obligated, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, to accommodate the family caregiving obligations of its employees. » Read the rest

Communications and Disability Rights: How Litigation before the CRTC Can Make a Difference

  • July 29, 2014
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From The Silent Film to YouTube

This summer, Bakerlaw is pleased to host Julia Munk, Osgoode Hall Law School’s 2014 Kreppner Plater Fellowship winner. Julia is researching how effective advocacy before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) can make gains for the rights of persons with disabilities generally. Bakerlaw will feature some of Julia’s work on the website over the summer, beginning with her first blog post on the historical development of telecommunications regulation and successful advocacy before the CRTC – by both lawyers and non-lawyers – in favour of disability rights:

The introduction of audio dialogue to film is but one example of how accessibility can mean different things to different people. » Read the rest

Student Loans a Major Source of Discrimination Against Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities

  • July 16, 2014
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Toronto, ON, July 16, 2014 – Students with disabilities have significantly higher costs when attending post-secondary colleges and universities.  What is less well understood is that many students with disabilities are also burdened with significantly higher student debt to repay after leaving school.

Studies show student debt is a major concern for all post-secondary students, but debt is particularly onerous for students with disabilities who consequently require more time to complete their degree or diploma.  » Read the rest

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