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Ottawa XPress editorial on Benamar Benatta

  • January 24, 2008
  • David Baker
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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

An Evening with Benamar Benatta

  • January 20, 2008
  • David Baker
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“He’s a Muslim who knows about airplanes. Do with him what you will…”
Canada’s First 9/11 Rendition To Torture: An evening with Bakerlaw client Benamar Benatta

Tuesday, January 29, 7:30 pm
Public Service Alliance of Canada Hall, 233 Gilmour Street (at Metcalfe)

Featuring Benamar Benatta, a refugee from Algeria who, without benefit of legal counsel or hearing, was illegally handed over to the U.S. » Read the rest

Demand a Public Review for Benamar Benatta

  • January 15, 2008
  • David Baker
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Vigil and Walk to Prime Minister’s office to Present Petitions Demanding a Public Review
Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 am
Meet at Eternal Flame, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Please take a few moments before January 28 to sign the petition demanding a public review of the case of Canada’s first post 9/11 rendition to torture at. » Read the rest

Airlines told to drop extra disabled passenger charges

  • January 10, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Globe & Mail today reported on the landmark decision in the landmark one person, one fare case. Bakerlaw has been representing Joanne Neubauer, the Council for Canadians with Disabilities and the estate of Eric Norman, a complainant who has since died, on the case.

Click here to read the full story on the Globe’s website. » Read the rest

Reaction to Landmark Canadian Transportation Agency Decision: Disabled Canadians Jubilant to Have Transport Barrier Removed

  • January 10, 2008
  • David Baker
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Today the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) released a landmark decision concerning the right of individuals with disabilities to travel by air without having to pay for a second seat, for an attendant or other use, to accommodate their disability.

In a historic decision in the “Person, One Fare” case, the agency has recognized the right of these individuals to have access to a second seat when traveling by air in Canada without having to pay a second fare. » Read the rest

Disabled await airline ruling

  • January 10, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Toronto Star today reports on the anticipation ahead of today’s upcoming ruling in the landmark One Person, One Fare case, in which the Canadian Transportation Agency will rule on whether severely disabled Canadians will be permitted to travel by air without having to pay for a second seat, for an attendant or other use, to accommodate their disability. » Read the rest

Advocacy group seeks to join fight for federal legal-aid program

  • December 18, 2007
  • David Baker
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The Globe and Mail today reported on the announcement by a coalition of eight organizations, represented by Bakerlaw, 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.

Click here to read the full article at the Globe and Mail. » Read the rest

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.

» Read the rest

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

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