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

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

Sexual Harassment and Assault at Work or School

  • July 16, 2018
  • Rebeka Lauks
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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

Bakerlaw is Hiring!

  • May 16, 2018
  • Rebeka Lauks
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Bakerlaw will be hiring a summer second year law student for 2019!

We anticipate that the work will have a significant focus on Charter cases, along with other practice areas at bakerlaw as outlined on our website.

Applications should include a cover letter outlining fit with Bakerlaw, including litigation/advocacy skills and experience, research and policy skills, knowledge of disability, equality rights and charter issues, as well as academic proficiency; a detailed resume, names and contact information for 2 legal/academic references, law school and undergraduate grades and a legal writing sample. » Read the rest

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

  • May 10, 2018
  • Rebeka Lauks
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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

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

Liberals to scrap policy that rejects sick, disabled immigrants

  • November 27, 2017
  • Rebeka Lauks
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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

Canadian Transportation Agency rejects Via Rail’s efforts to limit wheelchair, mobility access on trains

  • November 16, 2017
  • Rebeka Lauks
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Bakerlaw clients, Martin Anderson and Marie Murphy, continue their fight for increased capacity  for mobility aids on Via Rail trains.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is rejecting Via Rail’s efforts to limit access on its trains for passengers using wheelchairs and other mobility aids. The national rail provider has been actively resisting a previous Agency ruling dictating that all trains coast to coast must double their capacity to accommodate mobility aids and create two tie-down spots for the devices. » Read the rest

People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?

  • November 12, 2017
  • Rebeka Lauks
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The research study entitled, Episodic Disabilities in Canada – People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?,  provides important analysis and research to assist people with episodic disabilities in pursuing human rights applications.

The full paper is available here (link). » Read the rest

David Baker’s Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel

  • November 12, 2017
  • Rebeka Lauks
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On November 13, 2017, David Baker will be presenting his paper, “Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel” at the Ontario Bar Association’s program, Your First Application Before the Human Rights Tribunal. Among the critical pieces of advice discussed, is the following:

Applicant counsel owes a duty to their clients to advise them that the HRTO is increasingly denying Applicants accessible justice, particularly in large or systemic cases. » Read the rest

New federal legislation promises support for caregivers of people with disabilities

  • October 25, 2017
  • Rebeka Lauks
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The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada’s first national accessibility legislation, Kent Hehr, says the new law should be ready by Spring 2018, and should benefit not only people with disabilities, but their caregivers as well.

Read the full article, Canada’s first national accessibility law should be ready by next spring: Hehr, by Michelle McGuigge of the Canadian Press HERE (link). » Read the rest

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