COVID-19

OHRC releases policy statement on vaccine mandates

  • September 27, 2021
  • Amanda Dimilta
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On September 22, 2021, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its statement regarding the Ontario government’s requirement that residents provide proof of full vaccination to access certain public settings, specifically higher risk indoor facilities.

The OHRC states that the mandate is generally permissible under the Ontario Human Rights Code (link), as long as those who cannot be vaccinated are reasonably accommodated. » Read the rest

BakerLaw Statement on Vaccine Equity Court Decision

  • 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

Proof of Disability Required for those Alleging Discrimination Relating to Masking Rules

  • April 27, 2021
  • Khalid Mahdi
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A recent screening decision by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (“BCHRT”) held that any complaints of disability discrimination arising from a requirement to wear a mask must be substantiated by evidence of the existence of a disability. This decision sheds light on the response to B.C.’s » 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
  • BakerLaw
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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

The Ontario Government’s 2021 Triage Policy

  • March 11, 2021
  • Khalid Mahdi
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With the second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic placing an increased strain on hospitals across Canada, the provincial government earlier this year released a highly controversial triage policy aimed at helping the healthcare system adapt (link). The triage policy works by assessing and placing patients in a colour-coded framework based on their risk of short-term mortality, which is defined as “survival beyond 12 months after the onset of critical illness.” » Read the rest

Keeping Seniors at Home Amid COVID-19

  • March 2, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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CBC News highlights the role of Ontario’s rapidly growing Supports at Home Program (link), which was announced by the Ford government in December 2020. The program allows Seniors with significant needs, who would otherwise be sent to a nursing home, to receive the support that they need at home. » Read the rest

(In)Accessibility in the Legal Profession

  • November 3, 2020
  • Khalid Mahdi
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Among key factors that shape the ability of Canadians to access justice, the physical accessibility of courthouses is too crucial an issue to be overlooked. For lawyers with disabilities, the inaccessibility of provincial courthouses is not simply an issue of physical access, but also the ability to participate as members of the legal profession. » Read the rest

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