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Joint Statement re Benamar Benatta by Prominent Human Rights Organizations

  • December 30, 2008
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11 December 2008

The Honourable Peter Van Loan
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8

Dear Minister,

We are writing this letter out of a deep concern about the Government of Canada’s Statement of Defence recently filed in the Ontario Superior Court in the case of Benamar Benatta…view the full statement in Adobe pdf format or in text format. » Read the rest

Balpreet Singh Boparai

  • December 12, 2008
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BALPREET SINGH BOPARAI SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED HIS 2008-2009 ARTICLING TERM AT BAKERLAW AND HAS SINCE BEEN CALLED TO THE BAR. CONGRATULATIONS BALPREET!

Balpreet Singh grew up in a small community north of Toronto. He studied political science at the University of Toronto and graduated with a B.A. (with distinction) in 2003. During his time at the University of Toronto, Balpreet Singh became very involved in the local Sikh community and was a founder of a Sikh educational institute in Brampton, the Institute of Gurmat Studies, established to educate local Sikh children about their faith and counsel them on the challenges they face growing up in Canada. » Read the rest

Air Canada charges extra fare to woman for her immobilized leg

  • December 11, 2008
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In January of this year, Bakerlaw clients won a landmark ruling requiring airlines to provide an extra seat to disabled Canadians for a medical attendant or if required by their condition.

The decision takes effect on January 9th, 2009. In the meantime, unfortunately, Air Canada has required a Newfoundland woman to pay for an extra seat because her leg is in a cast and cannot be bent. » Read the rest

Let’s stop penalizing disabilities – including obesity

  • December 11, 2008
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The Globe and Mail today published an excellent opinion piece by Andre Picard on the one person, one fare case. (In January of this year, Bakerlaw and its clients, the council of Canadians With Disabilities, won a landmark ruling in the case requiring airlines to provide an extra seat to disabled Canadians for a medical attendant or if required by their condition.) » Read the rest

Supreme Court Rejects Application for Leave to Appeal in Autism Class Action Lawsuit

  • December 4, 2008
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Today the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the application for leave to appeal filed by the plaintiffs in the Ontario Autism Class Action Lawsuit.

The five families behind the case, which seeks full and timely access to treatment and education for children with autism, expressed their disappointment over the decision, and noted that they would be meeting with David Baker, their legal counsel, in the coming days to determine next steps. » Read the rest

Siksay Calls for Full Public Review of Illegal Transfer of Refugee Claimant

  • February 8, 2008
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NDP MP Bill Siksay today issued a press release calling for a full public review of the case of Benamar Benatta. Mr. Benatta was illegally transferred by Canadian officials to the US on September 12, 2001 and held for five years in American custody. He is represented by Bakerlaw, with Nicole Chrolavicius acting as lead counsel. » Read the rest

Crucial hearing in autism class action lawsuit to take place on Monday, February 11 at Court of Appeal for Ontario

  • February 6, 2008
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Court to rule on whether class action on autism treatment and education can continue

A high-stakes hearing in a landmark autism class action lawsuit will take place at the Ontario Court of Appeal on Monday, February 11 at 10:30 am. The Court will hear arguments on several key issues in the case, in which parents are fighting the Ontario government and school boards for full and timely access to effective treatment and education for children with autism. » Read the rest

Autism Class Action Lawsuit

  • February 1, 2008
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Appeal hearing on a preliminary motion at the Court of Appeal for Ontario

A crucial day in court that will determine whether we will be allowed to continue the fight for full and timely access to ABA/IBI intervention. Bakerlaw is legal counsel to the five families behind the class action.

Monday February 11, 2008 at 10:30am
130 Queen Street West, Toronto
(at University Avenue, just west of City Hall)

Please join us to show your support for the families. » Read the rest

Ottawa XPress editorial on Benamar Benatta

  • January 24, 2008
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The Ottawa XPress today published an editorial on Bakerlaw client Benamar Benatta. Mr. Benatta, who was illegally transferred by Canadian officials to the US on September 12, 2001 and held for five years in American custody, is calling on Canadian authorities for a public review of his case. He is represented by Bakerlaw, with Nicole Chrolavicius acting as lead counsel. » Read the rest

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