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Making hospital health care more accessible for persons with disabilities

  • June 4, 2021
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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
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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

2021Federal Budget Expands Benefits for Canadians with Disabilities

  • May 7, 2021
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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
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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
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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

Ford government faces legal challenge over failure to provide vaccine equity

  • March 16, 2021
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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

New Zealand Approves Paid Leave Following Miscarriage or Still Birth

  • March 31, 2021
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On March 24, 2020, New Zealand’s Parliament passed legislation that gives mothers and their partners the right to paid leave following a miscarriage or still birth. The ‘bereavement allowance’ gives employees three days sick leave in these circumstances, in addition to any existing sick leave entitlements that they have at work. » Read the rest

ServiceOntario is Working to improve the Accessible Parking Permit (APP) Program in Ontario

  • March 23, 2021
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ServiceOntario is working to improve the Accessible Parking Permit (APP) program in Ontario and are conducting research sessions to gather feedback. The sessions will take place from March 29th to April 1st and will be conducted online, using screen-sharing software. » Read the rest

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