Education Law

Remote learning for students with disabilities, a welcomed approach to accessible post-secondary education

  • March 29, 2021
  • Anoop Kalsi
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A recent article by the CBC explored the impact of remote learning on students with disabilities (link). The COVID-19 pandemic forced school boards, colleges, and universities to adapt to and implement remote learning options for all students. Post-secondary students had access to their classes through video platforms and/or pre-recorded lectures. » Read the rest

Postsecondary students cannot be asked about their sexual history when reporting sexual violence or harassment

  • January 28, 2021
  • Anoop Kalsi
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On January 27, 2021, the Ontario Government announced it will be moving to amend current regulations regarding Sexual violence and harassment policies as postsecondary institutions. The government has recognized that many instances of sexual violence and harassment on and around campus go unreported because students fear reprisal and/or a concern that they will not be taken seriously. » Read the rest

Provincial government provides $7.5M for Geneva Centre training for educators

  • January 20, 2021
  • Amanda Dimilta
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On January 10, 2021, Ontario announced a $7.5 million investment to “train our education staff to better support students on the autism spectrum and to foster a culture of respect, inclusion and opportunity in our schools”. The training will begin this year. » Read the rest

University of Waterloo Discriminated in its Admissions Decision, Court of Appeal Upholds

  • January 11, 2021
  • Laura Lepine
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision recognizing that students with disabilities are entitled to substantive accommodation when applying to university.

This decision confirms that university admission processes are not exempt from human rights obligations: where admissions standards adversely impact students with disabilities, universities must accommodate those students, or show that it would be an undue hardship to do so. » Read the rest

David Baker Receives the 2020 Gerry Bloomfield Award

  • October 9, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Bakerlaw’s David Baker has been honored by Autism Ontario as a recipient of the 2020 Gerry Bloomfield Award for his outstanding professional contributions to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. David has and continues to act as an advocate for families of children on the autism spectrum on human rights matters, particularly in the areas of education and intervention. » Read the rest

Family court orders child of divorced parents to attend school

  • September 2, 2020
  • Amanda Dimilta
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When parents cannot agree on whether their child will attend school in-person or via remote learning, a court may decide for them.

Such was the case in a family law matter reported in Law Times on August 31, 2020, in which Justice Andrea Himel ordered the child to attend school after finding there was no “unacceptable risk” and after considering the home and work circumstances of both parents. » Read the rest

Charter challenge filed in Quebec regarding the province’s back to school plan

  • September 1, 2020
  • Amanda Dimilta
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Parents in Quebec are anxious about their province’s back to school plan, which does not require any students to wear masks in class and which only offers a remote learning option to student’s who provide supportive medical documentation. If students do not attend in person and do not provide a doctor’s note, they will not receive an education. » Read the rest

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