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CRTC mandates standard for quality, accessibility and functionality to message relay services

On December 14, 2018, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) took steps to improve the quality and access to message relay services.

These services enable Canadians with a hearing or speech disability to make and receive telephone calls using text with the assistance of a relay operator. Some new standards include the requirement of relay operators to achieve a certain typing speed, rate of accuracy, and call-answer time, among many others. » Read the rest “CRTC mandates standard for quality, accessibility and functionality to message relay services”

Devaluing Ontarians with Intellectual Disabilities

  • November 28, 2018
  • Laura Lepine
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The Ontario government has announced a change to the Employment Standards Act that will have a significant, negative impact on Ontarians with intellectual disabilities: a delay to the end of sheltered workshops.

“Sheltered workshops” are places where people with disabilities are employed for incredibly low wages (under $2.00 per hour). Under the Employment Standards Act, sheltered workshops are excluded from the wage protections in place for other Ontario workers. » Read the rest “Devaluing Ontarians with Intellectual Disabilities”

LSO Calls for Comment on New Access to Justice Initiative

  • November 28, 2018
  • Laura Lepine
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The Law Society of Ontario (“LSO”) is soliciting comments on a draft regulatory framework that would allow lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services to the clients of registered civil society organization – at no cost to the clients of those organizations.

The framework is intended to facilitate access to justice particularly for individuals who may not perceive that they have legal issues or who may face additional barriers to accessing lawyer and paralegal services, such as mobility or geographical, cultural, or linguistic factors. » Read the rest “LSO Calls for Comment on New Access to Justice Initiative”

Another Blow to Access to Justice in Canada

  • October 25, 2018
  • Laura Lepine
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The Conversation has recently published an article by Doug Ferguson and Jason H. Voss entitled “How a proposed law could cut off legal aid for low-income people”.

The article discusses Bill C-75, a federal bill currently before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The legislation seeks to amend Canada’s Criminal Code, including by increasing the maximum penalty for all summary conviction offences from six months to two years. » Read the rest “Another Blow to Access to Justice in Canada”

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is hosting a FREE training on its new policy on Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities

  • October 12, 2018
  • Laura Lepine
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The policy addresses continued barriers to education that students face at all levels of the education system, including:

  • inaccessible build environments
  • inadequate resources and supports in the classroom
  • long waiting lists for professional assessments
  • inappropriate requests by educational institutions for medical information
  • denial of disability-related accommodations
  • persistent negative attitudes and stereotypes towards people with disabilities
  • ineffective dispute resolution processes

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, students with disabilities have the right to meaningful access to education comparable with their peers, and with accommodations commensurate with their needs. » Read the rest “The Ontario Human Rights Commission is hosting a FREE training on its new policy on Accessible Education for Students with Disabilities”

Sexual Harassment and Assault at Work or School

  • July 16, 2018
  • David Baker
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The public attention being paid to high profile persons subjected to sexual violence and harassment has encouraged persons in lower waged positions with comparable experiences to speak up,  seek support from co-workers and  unions and exercise their rights to justice so they are not doubly violated.

A new book called  In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, by Bernice Yeung is reviewed in the July 2018 New York Review of Books by Alissa Quart and Barbara Erenreich  http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/07/19/workplace-violence-sisters-in-arms/  (link) The reviewers state:

#MeToo has too often ignored the most frequent victims of abuse, however, such as waitresses or hotel housekeepers. » Read the rest “Sexual Harassment and Assault at Work or School”

Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities

  • May 10, 2018
  • BakerLaw
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Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities, on ways to direct people to assist them communicating in their communities.  This course is for people who:

  • have a communication disability (not caused primarily by hearing loss)
  • want a person to assist them communicating in certain situations
  • are over 16 years of age
  • communicate using unclear speech, picture, symbol, letter board or communication device

The course is also open to people who want to support an individual to take this course. » Read the rest “Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities”

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

Liberals to scrap policy that rejects sick, disabled immigrants

  • November 27, 2017
  • BakerLaw
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“Canada is committed to ditching a policy that rejects immigrants because they’re sick or disabled and could be a drag on the health system, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says.

Calling it an “important and sensitive” issue, Hussen said the government will look at all options to revamp the 40-year-old policy, which bars entry to applicants when they could be costly to public health or social service systems. » Read the rest “Liberals to scrap policy that rejects sick, disabled immigrants”

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