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Human Rights Day 2021

  • December 10, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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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

ODSP definition change will pose difficulties for persons with mental health disabilities

  • December 7, 2018
  • Anoop Kalsi
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Ontario’s recent change to the definition of disability will result in difficulties for those who suffer from mental health disabilities to qualify for assistance under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

The government’s change includes aligning the definition of disability with the federal government’s definition under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). » Read the rest

Laurie Beachell to serve on Canada Revenue Agency’s Disability Advisory Committee

Bakerlaw congratulates Laurie Beachell on his selection for the Canada Revenue Agency’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC will serve as a forum for persons with disabilities to communicate their perspectives to the Canada Revenue Agency as it works to revise the way it administers the tax measures designed to support people with disabilities. » Read the rest

Federal Benefits Workers not to Play Detective

  • May 24, 2017
  • BakerLaw
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The Toronto Star has recently published an article by Jordan Press entitled: Federal benefits workers told to stay off social media when vetting applications.

The article explains how workers who determine eligibility for employment, disability, or seniors’ benefits are not permitted to use publicly available information, including social media posts, online obituaries, and municipal property information, when deciding whether someone qualifies for benefits. » Read the rest

David Baker comments to the Canadian with Disabilities Act Review

  • March 30, 2017
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw’s David Baker recently provided his comments to the Canadians with Disabilities Act Review process focusing on employment. His comments are below:

The Minister will accomplish nothing by tampering with human rights protections for individuals with disabilities under the Canadian Human Rights Act. » Read the rest

David Baker’s Personal Submissions to the Canadians with Disabilities Act Review

  • February 14, 2017
  • David Baker
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paper (link)Following disclosure of a study (link) that only 37% of persons with disabilities are employed, David Baker provided the below personal submission to the Canadians with Disabilities Act review. This was in response to a widely reported statement that the government’s proposed Act would focus primarily on employment (link to statement). » Read the rest

David Baker’s Reaction to the Federal Committee Report on Physician Assisted Dying

  • February 26, 2016
  • David Baker
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Watch David Baker discuss his reaction to the Federal Committee Report on physician assisted dying.

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Tune in at 1hour, 46 minutes.

To view the CBC page click here (link).

Federal Committee Report Recommendations on Physician Assisted Dying

  • February 26, 2016
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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The Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying reported their recommendations yesterday. Bakerlaw’s David Baker was among the witnesses who presented to the Committee during its consultation period. To review David’s submissions see our earlier blog post here (link).

The Report reaches well beyond what was contemplated by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter v Canada decision. » Read the rest

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