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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

Bakerlaw welcomes a new associate

  • March 5, 2008
  • David Baker
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Kelley Bryan is an experienced human rights lawyer who has represented victims of sexual assaults, police assaults, discrimination, and other forms of abuse of power. As the newest Bakerlaw associate, Kelley’s practice will focus on civil litigation, human rights and sexual assault. We are very happy to welcome her on board. » Read the rest

Toronto man haunted by U.S. jail nightmares

  • February 29, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Toronto Star today reported on the plight of Bakerlaw client Benamar Benatta. Mr. Benatta, who was illegally transferred by Canadian officials to the US on September 12, 2001 and held for five years in American custody, is calling on Canadian authorities for a public review of his case.

“He is the first and only known case of Canada effecting an extraordinary rendition – an illegal transfer of a person from one legal jurisdiction to another outside the scope of law,” Bakerlaw’s Nicole Chrolavicius tells the Star in the story, which outlines Mr. » Read the rest

Parents of autistic kids fight for the right to sue Ontario

  • February 11, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Canadian Press today published an article on the hearing next week in Ontario Autism Class Action, in which five families, represented by Bakerlaw, are challenging the Ontario government and seven school boards to provide full and timely access to treatment and education for children with autism.

“I find it extremely difficult to watch the other kids on our street hop on the school bus in the morning and go to school while my son has to stay home,” Taline Sagharian, one of the parents behind the class action, tells the CP. » Read the rest

Five lost years: How Benamar Benatta ‘disappeared’ after 9/11

  • January 26, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Canadian government sent him to the U.S. where he was accused of being behind the 9/11 bombings: ‘The way they accused me, I thought my life was over’

The Ottawa Citizen today published an extensive feature on Bakerlaw client Benamar Benatta. Mr. Benatta, who was illegally transferred by Canadian officials to the US on September 12, 2001 and held for five years in American custody, is calling on Canadian authorities for a public review of his case. » Read the rest

Health law > FAQ: The OHIP Out-of-Country Program

  • November 10, 2008
  • David Baker
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Sometimes the medical treatment you need is not available here in Ontario. Even when medical treatment is available here, wait lists and other delays can put your health or even life at serious risk.

To address these problems, OHIP provides an out-of-country program that, in certain circumstances, will pay the costs of your medical treatment outside Canada. » Read the rest

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