Federal COVID-19 Supports for Canadians with Disabilities are Too Little, Too Late, Advocates Say

Among those severely impacted by the pandemic, Canadians with disabilities have been the hardest-hit. CBC News has reported on recent calls by disability advocates for the federal government to better support this group, which has been struggling with new barriers created by the pandemic. Such challenges have included the mental health impacts associated with the prolonged isolation caused by pandemic containment measures. » Read the rest

Highlights from the Throne

As the pandemic rages on, governments across the country prepare for an impending second wave. CBC News reports on some key highlights from this week’s throne speech, which outlines federal priorities with respect to the pandemic. Among these priorities is the development of a Canadian disability benefit, which to aims to support Canadians with disabilities during the pandemic. » Read the rest

ODSP Recipients Consider MAiD

  • September 9, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone. City News Toronto has written about the impact the pandemic has had on those who receive Ontario Disability Support Payments (ODSP). The article highlights how some ODSP recipients have, or are are considering applying for medical assistance in dying (MAiD). You can read the full article here (link). » Read the rest

Anti-Carbon Tax Stickers Unconstitutional

  • September 8, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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On Friday, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association won its case which challenged Ontario’s anti-carbon tax stickers.

In 2019, the Ontario Government mandated that all gas stations had to display a sticker on gas pumps. The sticker’s message clearly opposed the Federal carbon tax and was therefore a partisan political message. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled that the requirement to display the sticker was unconstitutional. » Read the rest

PooranLaw offers Free Webinar on Disability Support Payments

  • September 8, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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PooranLaw has provided an overview of the changes made to the Ontario Autism Program and offers some guidance on the New Brunswick Court of Appeal decision regarding the Federal Child Support Guidelines for adults with disabilities. You can read about this here (link).

On September 30th, PooranLaw is offering a free webinar regarding disability support payments for adults with disabilities. » Read the rest

Accessibility Standards Canada Consultation Launched

  • September 3, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Interested in influencing Accessibility Standards Canada’s (ASC) direction and research priorities? ASC has launched an online survey for Canadians to have their say. You can access the survey here (link).

More information can be found on their consultation page here (link).

Canadians have until September 30th to participate. » Read the rest

Family court orders child of divorced parents to attend school

  • September 2, 2020
  • Amanda Dimilta
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When parents cannot agree on whether their child will attend school in-person or via remote learning, a court may decide for them.

Such was the case in a family law matter reported in Law Times on August 31, 2020, in which Justice Andrea Himel ordered the child to attend school after finding there was no “unacceptable risk” and after considering the home and work circumstances of both parents. » Read the rest

Vulnerable Complainant Wins Sexual Assault Case

  • September 1, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Recently, in B.C., the Court awarded $844,000 to a victim who was subjected to sexual assaults by a priest in the 1970s. You can read more about the story here (link).

Rosemary Anderson was a young teacher when she became a member of the church community. She sought guidance from the priest who was in a position of trust and authority relative to Ms. » Read the rest

Segregation and Mental Health

  • August 26, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has filed a motion to address Ontario’s breach of legal obligation to keep prisoners with mental health disabilities out of segregation (link). The motion comes on the heels of Justice David Cole’s report (link) issued in April which concluded that Ontario has not provided adequate support to prisoners with mental health disabilities. » Read the rest

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