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Life Gift by Audrey King

  • January 20, 2016
  • BakerLaw
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My purpose in making this video is to inform those with authority, influence and decision making powers… (e.g. educators, health care professionals, parents ) that life is valuable, regardless of circumstance.

Even with severe disability, the goals, achievements and pleasures of life are entirely possible.

Some choose to deliberately expedition themselves across the Sahara or quest the summit of Everest.  » Read the rest

Federal Report on Physician Assisted Suicide Released

  • January 18, 2016
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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The Federal Report on physician assisted dying has been released. The panel was chaired by Harvey Chochinov (Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care at the University of Manitoba, and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, Cancer Care Manitoba). He was joined by Catherine Frazee (Professor Emerita at Ryerson University) and Benoît Pelletier (Professor of Law, University of Ottawa former Liberal member of the National Assembly of Quebec, and Quebec Cabinet minister). » Read the rest

SCC Grants Extension and Exemptions in Carter

  • January 15, 2016
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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The Supreme Court of Canada has granted a 4 month extension to the Federal Government to allow it more time to draft legislation regarding physician assisted suicide. The Attorney General of Canada had requested a 6 month extension however, the majority concluded that 4 months was appropriate given the four month break that took place when Parliament was dissolved in early August in anticipation of the election and did not resume until early December. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw’s David Baker on CBC’s Power and Politics

  • January 12, 2016
  • David Baker
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Yesterday bakerlaw’s David Baker was featured on CBC’s Power and Politics discussing the importance of having strong safeguards in regards to physician assisted suicide. To see his debate, click here (link).

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The debate was filmed following the Supreme Court of Canada’s hearing regarding the Federal Government’s request to extend the declaration of invalidity rendered in Carter v Canada. » Read the rest

Promising News from the Court Challenges Program

  • January 8, 2016
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Bakerlaw is pleased to announce that it has received encouraging news regarding the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program of Canada (CCPC).  Linda Jones, Chair of the Board of Directors of CCPC, has recently announced that the Liberal Government appears to be making progress on their election promise to renew funding to the CCPC. » Read the rest

Transportation of Persons with Disabilities in Canada: Triumphs and Tribulations

  • December 29, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Bakerlaw has worked extensively in the area of advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in the transportation context.

Bakerlaw represented the Council of Canadians with Disabilities in the Via Rail case in 2007 click here to read the case (link). To read a paper regarding the decision by bakerlaw’s David Baker and Sarah Godwin (formerly of bakerlaw) click here (link). » Read the rest

Getting students with disabilities back to school: challenging suspensions and expulsions

  • December 16, 2015
  • BakerLaw
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When a student with a disability has been suspended, expelled, or excluded from school the process for challenging this decision can be complicated and frustrating. Bakerlaw has been involved in getting many students back to school through both the human rights and the school board processes.

In one case, Bakerlaw represented a student who was ordered back to school by the Human Rights Tribunal because he had been excluded from school on a discriminatory basis: see R.B. » Read the rest

Canadian Transportation Agency Reaffirms Independent Travel Rights of Passengers with Disabilities

  • December 10, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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A recent case decided at the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has affirmed that deaf-blind persons have the right to determine their own need for an attendant during air travel. The case arose when Ms. Carrie Moffatt was told by Air Canada that she could not travel as a deaf-blind person without an attendant. » Read the rest

Bakerlaw Files Response to Supreme Court Regarding Motion to Extend February 2016 Deadline Set in Carter

  • December 10, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Last week, the Attorney General of Canada submitted a motion to the Supreme Court of Canada to extend the deadline the Court gave in the Carter v Canada (Attorney General) judgment. In Carter, the Court struck down the provisions of the Criminal Code prohibiting physician assisted suicide (to read the full decision click here (link to decision)). » Read the rest

The Relationship between Employers and Insurers in Disability Accommodations

  • December 7, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Recently, bakerlaw has come across the issue of the relationship between employers and insurers in regards to disability claims and accommodation. It is well established that an employer bears the duty to accommodate the disability-related needs of an employee. In these cases, the issues between the insurer and employer can be kept separate and distinct. » Read the rest

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