Charter of Rights

BakerLaw Statement on Vaccine Equity Court Decision

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

Ford government in court on Friday over vaccine equity legal challenge

  • April 14, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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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

Ford government faces legal challenge over failure to provide vaccine equity

  • March 16, 2021
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 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

Can Artificial Intelligence Discriminate?

  • February 1, 2021
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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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

Jodhan v Canada – 10 Years Later

  • November 30, 2020
  • Khalid Mahdi
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Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Federal Court of Canada’s decision, Jodhan v Canada, 2010 FC 1197. The Court held that the inaccessibility of public-facing government websites offended section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as they were inaccessible to Canadians with vision disabilities. » Read the rest

Does inaction on climate change violate Canadians’ human rights?

  • November 16, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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Does inaction on climate change violate Canadians’ human rights? If the Netherlands are any example to follow, the answer may be yes.

In The Netherlands vs Urgenda, the Dutch Supreme Court found that an inadequate response to climate change can violate human rights. » Read the rest

Bus Driver with One Eye Wins Drivers’ License Case

  • October 14, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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On July 15, 2020, an Oakville bus driver won her battle against the Ontario Ministry of Transportation regulation that stripped her of her drivers’ license after she lost her right eye to cancer.

Liliana Di Cienzo was a bus driver in Oakville for several years, operating a public bus under her Class C commercial drivers’ license. » Read the rest

Canadians Protected from Genetic Discrimination

  • October 9, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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Genetic testing has never been more accessible. A genetic test can tell you about your ancestry, or tell your doctor important information about your health. The information from a genetic test, however, is highly personal. It would be a breach of your privacy if that information fell into the wrong hands. » Read the rest

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