- October 4, 2021
- Daniel Mulroy
- Comments Off on Lawsuit alleges a disabled inmate forced to sleep on the floor for 21 days
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
- July 6, 2021
- Daniel Mulroy
- Comments Off on Issues with Artificial Intelligence: The Need for Regulation
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has initiated a multiyear, multidisciplinary project to research the development, and impact of artificial intelligence (AI), automated decision-making (ADM) and algorithms on access to justice, human rights, and due process.
A recent publication from the LCO, Regulating AI: Critical Issues and Choices (link), discusses the issues that arise from the use of AI and ADM, and calls for significant regulatory reform in Ontario. » Read the rest
Nico’s Amendment: Changes to immigration laws expected to address discrimination against applicants with disabilities
- June 4, 2021
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The Federal government has announced it will be changing the current discriminatory immigration laws which create an additional hurdle for migrants with disabilities and illnesses.
The change arises from Felipe Montoya’s personal experience navigating the discriminatory immigration rules. Mr. Montoya came to Canada in 2012 under a work permit for a tenured position at York University in the faculty of environmental studies. » Read the rest
- May 21, 2021
- Comments Off on “Know Your Rights” – Vaccine Equity Podcast
Bakerlaw’s David Baker (link) recently was a guest on the “Know Your Rights” segment of the Kelly and Company podcast – AMI-audio’s (link) daily live afternoon programming. On the podcast, he spoke with host Danielle McLaughlin about the inequitable roll-out of Ontario’s COVID vaccinations, and the impact that the inequitable vaccine roll-out is having on Ontarians with disabilities. » Read the rest
- May 5, 2021
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On behalf of our client, David Daneshvar, Bakerlaw is demanding the Doug Ford government immediately institute a vaccine equity strategy following today’s Ontario Divisional Court ruling. While today’s Court ruling stopped short of finding the government was infringing on its Charter obligations due to concerns about jurisdiction, it notes the case is being dismissed “not because the underlying issues are without any merit.” » Read the rest
- April 14, 2021
- Comments Off on Ford government in court on Friday over vaccine equity legal challenge
Amidst mounting evidence and personal horror stories that the Ford government is failing to provide fair access to COVID-19 vaccines, the Province is spending precious resources by forcing a court hearing for this Friday, April 16th. The hearing will challenge the provincial government vaccine strategy that fails to provide clear direction and sufficient resources to Public Health Units to take an equity approach – which would include necessary accommodations – to vaccine distribution, as well as to ensure effective data collection. » Read the rest
- March 16, 2021
- Comments Off on Ford government faces legal challenge over failure to provide vaccine equity
Ford government faces legal challenge over failure to provide vaccine equity
Community advocates warn some members of vulnerable populations will be at greater risk of death from COVID-19 without urgent change of course
Toronto, March 16, 2021 – Concern that Ontarians most at risk of attracting the COVID-19 virus will not receive fair access to the vaccine is prompting a legal challenge to the Doug Ford government. » Read the rest
- February 23, 2021
- Comments Off on CWDO Urges Canada to Send Bill C-7 to the Court
Bakerlaw has been retained by Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario (link) to advise on its efforts to have Bill C-7 [MAiD 2] referred to the Supreme Court or a provincial court of appeal. In the event of a reference, bakerlaw has been retained by the CWDO to represent it as an intervener. » Read the rest
- February 1, 2021
- Kimberly Srivastava
- Comments Off on Can Artificial Intelligence Discriminate?
Can Artificial Intelligence Discriminate? In short, the answer is yes.
Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Director and Founder of the Inclusive Design Research Centre and the Inclusive Design Institute outlines what’s at stake. In this slide show (link), she identifies three areas of discrimination. » Read the rest
- December 17, 2020
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on Jasmin Simpson Wins: Court Holds Student Loans Programs Violated Her Charter rights
It took nearly two decades for Jasmin Simpson to get her day in court. It took only two months from the end of submissions for the Court to rule in her favour.
On October 26, 2020, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that Ms. » Read the rest