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Represented by Bakerlaw, coalition of equality-seeking groups joins legal action against federal government

  • December 18, 2007
  • David Baker
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Today a coalition of eight organizations representing equality-seeking communities announced that it will file a motion in Federal Court to intervene in the case challenging the decision of the federal government to cut its funding to the Court Challenges Program. Court Challenges is a decades-old program that is a crucial source of money for equality-focused legal fights in Canada. » Read the rest

Open letter from Amnesty International Canada cites Benamar Benatta and Shahid Mahmood

  • December 13, 2007
  • David Baker
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In an open letter released today Amnesty International Canada cited the cases of two Bakerlaw clients – Benamar Benatta and Shahid Mahmood – as examples of why the Arar Commission recommendations must be implemented by the Canadian government.

“Benamar Benatta was summarily and almost certainly unlawfully handed over to US officials, six days after making a refugee claim in Canada on September 5, 2001.

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Harper defence doesn’t fly for human rights lawyers

  • December 3, 2007
  • David Baker
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The Canadian Law Times today published a piece on the reaction of human rights lawyers to a defence the Harper government has provided Parliament in response to allegations Canada’s secret no-fly list may violate the Charter of Rights.

Bakerlaw’s Nicole Chrolavicius is quoted extensively in the piece. Ms. Chrolavicius represents Shahid Mahmood, a Pakistan-born Canadian citizen who has filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission after Air Canada prevented him from boarding a flight without explanation. » Read the rest

Man, claiming ‘illegally transported’ to U.S. by Canada, granted refugee status

  • November 29, 2007
  • David Baker
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CBC News today reported on Benamar Benatta’s victory in his refugee claim, with a decision on Wednesday granting him the right to stay in Canada.

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. » Read the rest

TheStar.com – ‘No-fly’ case ramped up

  • November 27, 2007
  • David Baker
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The Toronto Star today reported on Bakerlaw client Shahid Mahmood’s human rights complaint against Air Canada, after he was stopped from boarding a Canadian flight.

“This case certainly raises the spectre of racial profiling,” Bakerlaw lawyer Nicole Chrolavicius tells the Star. “There is fear the Muslim community is being targeted by these kinds of national security measures in an unfair way.”

Click here to read the full story at thestar.ca. » Read the rest

The cross-border shuffle for drug-abuse treatment

  • November 9, 2007
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw frequently represents the families of teenagers who require drug-abuse treatment in US clinics when appropriate care is not available in Canada.

Today, Bakerlaw’s Kate Sellar commented on the difficulties of families not able to access funding for appropriate care in a Toronto Star op-ed piece.

Read the full piece at thestar.com. » Read the rest

Benatta seeks probe in Canada’s role

  • April 18, 2007
  • David Baker
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CBC News today reported on the call for an inquiry into Canada’s role in the detention of Benamar Benatta, a refugee claimant who was illegally transferred by Canadian officials to the US on September 12, 2001 and held for five years in American custody. Mr. Benatta is represented by Bakerlaw, with Nicole Chrolavicius as lead counsel. » Read the rest

Supreme Court Upholds Decision forcing VIA Rail Cars to be Wheelchair Accessible

  • March 23, 2007
  • David Baker
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CTV today reported that the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a decision by federal regulators that will force Via Rail to make their passenger rail cars more wheelchair accessible. Bakerlaw acted as legal counsel to the citizens groups behind the case.

Click here to read CTV’s full coverage on their website. » Read the rest

Supreme Court of Canada decision in VIA Rail

  • March 23, 2007
  • David Baker
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CTV today reported on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling to uphold a decision by federal regulators that will force Via Rail to make their passenger rail cars more wheelchair accessible.

Bakerlaw represented the citizen’s group behind the case, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.

David Baker is quoted in the story, nothing that “there’s not a single wheelchair accessible rail car in the country at the present time. » Read the rest

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