Legal Issues

Human Rights Day 2021

  • December 10, 2021
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Today marks the 73rd annual Human Rights Day, which celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (link) as put forth by the United Nations in 1948.

This year’s theme for the celebration is “EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”, which relates to Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” » Read the rest

Charter challenge claims CERB and CRB discriminated against people with disabilities

  • December 7, 2021
  • Daniel Mulroy
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On November 26, 2021, the Toronto Star published the article “CERB and CRB discriminated against Canadians with disabilities, new Charter challenge claims” (link). This article outlines the Charter challenge Ms. Valerie Jacob has launched, with the assistance of bakerlaw, claiming that the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (“CERB”) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (“CRB”) discriminated against her, as a worker with disabilities. » Read the rest

Dr. Poland Lai explores the impact of COVID-19 on individuals receiving and/or providing care

  • December 1, 2021
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Dr. Poland Lai (link), Assistant Professor at York University, article Falling through the care cracks: younger people in long-term care homes (link) explores the issue of young persons with disabilities residing in Long-term care homes. She argues that LTC homes are not always considered as the most appropriate place for young persons with disabilities to reside, but the stark reality is that this is sometimes one of very limited choices available. » Read the rest

Autism Ontario’s Response to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee Recommendations

  • November 8, 2021
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In October 2021, Autism Ontario released its response to the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee Recommendations. The Committee provided recommendations to the Ontario government for proposed accessibility standards for K-12 education, which covered nine broad themes:

  1. attitudes, behaviours, perceptions and assumptions
  2. awareness and training
  3. curriculum, assessment and instruction
  4. digital learning and technology
  5. organizational barriers
  6. social realms
  7. physical and architectural barriers
  8. planning for emergencies and safety framework
  9. timelines and accountability

You can review the Education Standards Development Committee’s Report here (link). » Read the rest

Mistreatment of residents living in congregate care and/or treatment settings

  • November 4, 2021
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Content warning: Abuse of persons with disabilities

With social media and attention to shed light on the issue regarding abuse by a caregiver or support worker of a developmentally disabled person, it would be reasonable to assume that society has progressed to ensure safeguards are in place to prevent this mistreatment. » Read the rest

Effects of climate change disproportionately impact persons with disabilities

  • November 3, 2021
  • Daniel Mulroy
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Due to discrimination, marginalization and economic factors, the impacts of climate change disproportionately impact persons with disabilities.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights found that “Persons with disabilities are often among those most adversely affected in an emergency, sustaining disproportionately higher rates of morbidity and mortality, and at the same time being among those least able to have access to emergency support” (link). » Read the rest

Ontario proposes a bill that would benefit foreign-trained professionals

  • October 27, 2021
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The Ontario government announced its intention to propose legislation that, if passed, would make it easier for foreign-trained professionals and tradespeople to work in their respective fields by removing some barriers that internationally-trained immigrants face. For example, such changes would include the removal of the requirement for Canadian work experience, in certain regulated professions and trades. » Read the rest

Thoughts on Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in Northern Regional Health Authority v Horrocks

  • October 26, 2021
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The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued its decision in Northern Regional Health Authority v Horrocks, 2021 SCC 423 (link), ruling that human rights tribunals in Manitoba cannot hear complaints from unionized employees.

While this is the case for Manitoba, a careful review of the decision indicates this is likely not the case in other jurisdictions, including Ontario. » Read the rest

Lawsuit alleges a disabled inmate forced to sleep on the floor for 21 days

  • October 4, 2021
  • Daniel Mulroy
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Kitten Keyes is an inmate at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario. Keyes is a person with disabilities who uses a wheelchair and states that she was forced to sleep on the floor of her cell for 21 straight days because her cell was not accessible. » Read the rest

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