- November 27, 2017
- Comments Off on Liberals to scrap policy that rejects sick, disabled immigrants
“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
- Comments Off on Canadian Transportation Agency rejects Via Rail’s efforts to limit wheelchair, mobility access on trains
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
- October 25, 2017
- Comments Off on New federal legislation promises support for caregivers of people with disabilities
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.
- October 16, 2017
- Comments Off on Ontario family launches human rights complaint over access to therapy for son with autism
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).
- August 3, 2017
- Comments Off on Barriers in the Digital Workplace
Bakerlaw recently posted a story about its client, a federal public servant who is fighting to remove barriers in the digital workplace. You can read more about that story here (link).
A similar story was recently published which further explains the challenges persons with disabilities face when struggling to navigate inaccessible technology. » Read the rest
- July 27, 2017
- Comments Off on VIA Rail Creates More Barriers in Fight of Greater Accessibility
Want an update on our clients’ continuing fight for greater accessibility on VIA Rail trains? Read this CBC, Canadian Press article here (link).
You can read our previous post on the continuing saga here (link).
Stay tuned for more updates; this case isn’t over yet . . » Read the rest
Canada’s Transportation System Should be the Most Accessible in the World, says CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency
- June 19, 2017
- Comments Off on Canada’s Transportation System Should be the Most Accessible in the World, says CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency
The Canadian Transportation Agency has been undergoing a major regulatory review, called the Regulatory Modernization Initiative, with the goal of improving all of its regulations. The is an opportunity to improve regulations regarding accessibility. Today, the CEO of the Agency, Scott Streiner, gave a speech outlining his vision to make Canada’s national transportation system the most accessible in the world. » Read the rest
- May 23, 2017
- Comments Off on VIA Rail Changes its Policies on Mobility Devices on its Trains
As a result of our clients’ successful litigation at the Canadian Transportation Agency, VIA Rail proposed revisions to its policy regarding mobility devices to now permit two devices to be tied down on its trains. Previously, VIA’s policy only permitted one mobility device at a time to be tied down on its trains. » Read the rest
- May 15, 2017
- Comments Off on More Coverage of our Clients’ Victory over Via Rail
Michelle McQuigge, Canadian Press, reported on our clients’ case against Via Rail. You can read the story in the Globe and Mail here (link).
- May 1, 2017
- Comments Off on Federal court dismisses VIA Rail appeal on couples with mobility scooters travelling together
CBC recently reported on our clients’ success at the Federal Court of Appeal. You can read their story here (link).