Human Rights

Issues with Artificial Intelligence: The Need for Regulation

  • July 6, 2021
  • Daniel Mulroy
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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

Protected Ground of Citizenship does not Include Permanent Residency

  • June 21, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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Ontario’s Divisional Court allowed an application for judicial review regarding the 2018 case of Haseeb v. Imperial Oil (Link) .While the Tribunal had ruled that the protected ground of citizenship extended to permanent residents, the Divisional Court disagreed and overturned this finding. » Read the rest

Making hospital health care more accessible for persons with disabilities

  • June 4, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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The Provincial Health Care Standards Development Committee is seeking public feedback to on its recommendations to update standards in hospitals. The initial recommendations seek to increase accessibility of health care services delivered in hospitals to persons with disabilities.

The Committee’s initial report containing 22 recommendations can be accessed here (link). » Read the rest

“Know Your Rights” – Vaccine Equity Podcast

  • May 21, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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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

Ableism in the Medical Profession

  • May 10, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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In a recent article, BBC News has reported on the discriminatory treatment experienced by disabled medical students in the pursuit of accommodations for their disability-related needs. Referred to as “ableism,” perceptions within professional circles of medical students and professionals with disabilities as inferior and less competent has resulted in many not getting the accommodations that they need.   » Read the rest

2021Federal Budget Expands Benefits for Canadians with Disabilities

  • May 7, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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On April 19, 2021, the Trudeau government released its 2021 budget. The budget offers a number of benefits and expansions to existing programs to help Canadians during these difficult times. Maclean’s magazine has provided a detailed summary of the budget, which you can access here (link). » Read the rest

Equity issues in the Canada Research Chairs Program Resolved by Settlement

  • April 29, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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Around March 31, 2021, the Government of Canada settled a complaint filed by a University of Ottawa law professor, Amir Attaran, regarding equity issues within the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program. The CRC program awards grants to Canada’s top researchers. This marks one of two settlements concerning equity within the program. » Read the rest

New Online Complaint System seeks to Hold Canadian Businesses Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

  • April 28, 2021
  • Khalid Mahdi
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In March 2021, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) launched an online form (link) that would allow foreign individuals, organizations and communities to file complaints of possible human rights violations arising from the operations of Canadian companies operating abroad. » 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

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