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Blind MBA girds for battle with Ottawa over issue of website accessibility

  • August 10, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Canadian Press today reported on the case of Bakerlaw client Donna Jodhan, a blind MBA who is challenging the Government of Canada over its inaccessible jobs websites (see below for the recent press release on her case).

Click here to read the full story on the CBC’s website. » Read the rest

Blind MBA challenges federal government over inaccessible jobs websites

  • August 6, 2008
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw client Donna Jodhan is challenging the federal government over its inaccessible jobs websites.

“If we don’t stand up and make ourselves heard, the government will keep on dragging its feet,” Jodhan said in a press release issued today. “We need to act now, to make things better for tomorrow’s generation.”

Click here to read the full press release on her case in Adobe PDF format. » Read the rest

One person, one fare appeal rejected

  • May 9, 2008
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw’s one person, one fare case has received extensive media coverage in the wake of a recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling that rejected a bid by Air Canada and WestJet challenging the one person, one fare policy.

The Canadian Transport Agency ruled early this year that airlines must provide severely disabled Canadians with and additional airline seat without charge for a medical attendant or if their condition requires it. » Read the rest

Reimburse cancer patient, petition asks

  • April 23, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Globe and Mail’s Lisa Priest reports on the 4,000-signature petition being sent to Ontario’s Health Minister today, demanding that cancer patient Sylvia de Vries be reimbursed for the $60,000 she spent at a U.S. hospital to have a massive tumour removed. The petition also requests that George Smitherman remove the “red tape” barriers to accessing out-of-country care. » Read the rest

Young, addicted and on hold

  • April 22, 2008
  • David Baker
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Thousands of youths wait for 86 addiction rehab beds funded by the province (none in Toronto) and it can take up to four months to get in for treatment

Parentcentral.ca reports on the issue of adequate medical care for teens battling addiction has received significant media coverage in recent days. Bakerlaw frequently represents the families of teens with addictions who require out-of-country medical care (click here to learn more). » Read the rest

Parents Call for Publicly Funded Treatment Beds for Addicted Teens

  • April 17, 2008
  • David Baker
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The issue of adequate medical care for teens battling addiction has received significant media coverage in recent days. Bakerlaw frequently represents the families of teens with addictions who require out-of-country medical care (click here to learn more).

A selection of the recent coverage is included below:

Parents call for more programs for teens battling mental illness, addiction, by Lisa Priest, Globe and Mail, 2008/04/14 read article

Parents complain not enough publicly funded treatment beds for addicted teens, CBC/Canadian Press, 2008/04/14 read article

Not enough treatment beds for addicts: parents, CTV/Canadian Press, 2008/04/15 read article

More care urged for addicted teenagers, by Andrea Gordon, the Toronto Star, 2008/04/15 read article

Ontario’s empathy deficit, by Jim Coyle, Toronto Star, 2008/05/02 read article » Read the rest

Social justice: how law firms devoted to pro bono work & doing good get by

  • April 11, 2008
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw was featured extensively in a story published today in Lawyer’s Weekly on social justice law firms.

“We try to be creative in how we bring these cases forwards, pro bono, sometimes on a contingency or cap fee basis,” the firm’s Nicole Chrolavicius tells reporter Ben Singer. “You have to go into this area of law knowing that you’re not going to live in a mansion in Rosedale, but you derive other things from the job, in a sense of satisfaction.”

Click here to read the full piece in the Law Times. » Read the rest

Justin Clark: Disabled leave the shadows

  • March 18, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Toronto Star’s Helen Henderson today published two stories featuring Justin Clark, who with the help of David Baker won a landmark court case in the early 1980s that gave him the right to leave behind life in an institution and live independently:

“For 16 years, Clark heard nothing from his parents – until he turned 18 and a couple of friends started inviting him out on excursions. » Read the rest

Special means to an end

  • March 15, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Toronto Star today featured a piece by Helen Henderson on activist Claire Mehta, the original complainant in the battle with VIA Rail over wheelchair inaccessible passenger cars. Bakerlaw acted as legal counsel to the complainants in the case, which proved to be a major victory for the community. (As Henderson notes, the case went to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled last year that, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, people with disabilities have a right to barrier-free transportation.)

Click here to read the full story on the Star’s website. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw Client and Cancer Survivor Calls on Minister to Grant Out-of-Country Funding

  • March 14, 2008
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw client and cancer survivor Sylvia de Vries has called on the minister of to grant funding for necessary out-of-country medical care.

A number of major media outlets reported on her call for action. Click on the links below for the full coverage:

Even huge tumour can’t secure care in Ontario, by Lisa Priest, Globe and Mail. » Read the rest

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