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Devaluation of Persons with Disabilities Most Evident: The Case of Emergency Preparedness

  • April 11, 2014
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Toronto, ON, April 11, 2014 – I once heard Catherine Frazee speak at OISE about the ways Ontario’s emergency measures planning is based on an assumption that persons with disabilities are expendable.

The maritime code traditionally held that when grabbing life jackets or boarding life boats it was to be “women and children first.” As Catherine persuasively demonstrated, when it comes to emergency preparedness in Ontario the code provides that highest priority is to be given to the non-disabled.  » Read the rest

Interesting Links

  • April 10, 2014
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We’re happy to share information* about related institutions and organizations engaged in social justice advocacy.  Here is a sampling of links you may be interested in:

LEGAL

DISABILITY

JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

*These links are here for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsements. » Read the rest

Family Responsibilities are Human Rights

  • November 6, 2013
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Toronto, ON, November 6, 2013 – Bakerlaw strongly believes it is discriminatory to refuse to accommodate persons with bona fide responsibilities for the care of family members. We are pleased to be at the forefront of championing the rights of caregivers, a group who has suffered in silence for too long. » Read the rest

Law Society Should Rethink Two-Tier Articling System

  • October 28, 2013
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Toronto, ON, October 28, 2013 — The Law Society of Upper Canada has been compelled to respond to disturbing evidence that its articling requirement is an impenetrable barrier for many qualified law graduates. Unless an articling position can be found within 2 years of completing law school, students already burdened with debt and hard earned expectations are removed from the licensing process. » Read the rest

Ministry Breaches Charter and Puts Lives at Risk

  • October 21, 2013
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Toronto, ON, October 21, 2013 – Where medically necessary health services are not performed in Ontario, or treatment wait lists pose a risk of death or irreversible tissue damage, Ontario residents have a right to go outside the country (“Out of Country”) for treatment at public expense. This program is essential to fulfill the medicare’s “sacred trust”: to publicly fund all medically necessary services. » Read the rest

Canada’s Immigration System Continues to Discriminate Against People with Disabilities

  • October 18, 2013
  • David Baker
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Toronto, ON, October 18, 2013 – Historically, Canada’s immigration system was riddled with discriminatory provisions, excluding immigrants who were female, gay or lesbian, were from non-European countries, or were non-Christian based on negative stereotypes about those groups.  While the system has been reformed to remove many of these discriminatory barriers, it continues to exclude people with disabilities who are deemed likely to place an “excessive demand” on health and social services.  » Read the rest

Bakerlaw Introduces Guide to Accommodations in Education for Students with Disabilities

  • October 16, 2013
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Toronto, ON, October 16, 2013 — Bakerlaw has developed a Guide to assist families seeking accommodations for students with disabilities in education. The Guide sets out legal avenues, both formal and informal, that will help families pursue and maintain accommodations for their children in the educational context.

To view the Guide, visit our page on Education Law by clicking this link: http://bakerlaw.ca//31/education-law/. » Read the rest

Think job accommodations are costly and ineffective? Think again.

  • September 20, 2013
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Workplace accommodations are “low cost and high impact”, the Job Accommodation Network says. See the results of their study here.

Bakerlaw can help employers develop accommodations in the workplace. We also help employees secure accommodations. If you require assistance, please feel free to contact us for a consultation. » Read the rest

An End to Barriers at the HRTO for Victims of Racial Discrimination

  • September 19, 2013
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Victims of racial discrimination have long been doubly victimized: first, by the alleged discriminator, and then, by a human rights process that required they prove what illicit thoughts motivated the discriminator.  An almost impossible task.

In two recent, landmark decisions, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario can assume the existence of “subtle unconscious” racism, where the facts of a case support this inference.  » Read the rest

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