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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

McCreath v. Victoria Taxi (1987) Ltd., 2017 BCCA 342 – Blind British Columbia man loses discrimination case against taxi company

  • October 16, 2017
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In a unanimous ruling on October 6, 2017, a panel of the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that Graeme McCreath, a blind man, was not discriminated against when he and his guide dog, Adrienne, were refused a taxi ride in 2014. Mr. McCreath was refused a ride by a Victoria Taxi cab driver who said he could not allow dogs in his car due to his allergies. » Read the rest

New OHRC policy statement explains the duty to accommodate under Ontario’s Human Rights Code

  • October 16, 2017
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On October 12, 2017, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new policy statement explaining the purpose and importance of the duty to accommodate under the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). Read the full statement here (link). » Read the rest

Ontario family launches human rights complaint over access to therapy for son with autism

  • October 16, 2017
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Bakerlaw attended the first two days of hearing at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on October 12-13, 2017 on behalf of the Skrt family, advocating for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for students with autism in publicly funded schools.

The Applicant’s Opening Statement is available here (link).

Media coverage of the case is available here (link). » Read the rest

ABA in Ontario Schools Case Continues

  • September 13, 2017
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Bakerlaw is gearing up for a hearing on October 12th regarding our client’s case against a local school board. Our client requires ABA in order to access his education and is not receiving it. You can read more about the case here (link).

The family welcomes any support you can give. » Read the rest

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