- June 4, 2021
- Comments Off on Making hospital health care more accessible for persons with disabilities
The Provincial Health Care Standards Development Committee is seeking public feedback to on its recommendations to update standards in hospitals. The initial recommendations seek to increase accessibility of health care services delivered in hospitals to persons with disabilities.
- May 21, 2021
- Comments Off on “Know Your Rights” – Vaccine Equity Podcast
Bakerlaw’s David Baker (link) recently was a guest on the “Know Your Rights” segment of the Kelly and Company podcast – AMI-audio’s (link) daily live afternoon programming. On the podcast, he spoke with host Danielle McLaughlin about the inequitable roll-out of Ontario’s COVID vaccinations, and the impact that the inequitable vaccine roll-out is having on Ontarians with disabilities. » Read the rest
- March 12, 2021
- Comments Off on Proposed Regulations to the Accessible Canada Act Now Available Online
On February 13, 2021, the Federal Government released a series of proposed regulations for the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) (link). The ACA establishes a framework to make Canada barrier-free by 2040 through the identification, removal and prevention of barriers. » Read the rest
- November 13, 2020
- Anoop Kalsi
- Comments Off on Actual Abilities of Witnesses Matter; Not Stereotypes
In the November 6, 2020 decision of R. v. Slatter, 2020 SCC 36 (link), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) confirmed that it is the actual ability of witnesses to recall and recount events that matter most when assessing credibility; this is the case whether the witness has a disability or not. » Read the rest
- March 14, 2019
- Anoop Kalsi
- Comments Off on CRTC mandates standard for quality, accessibility and functionality to message relay services
On December 14, 2018, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) took steps to improve the quality and access to message relay services.
These services enable Canadians with a hearing or speech disability to make and receive telephone calls using text with the assistance of a relay operator. » Read the rest
Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities
- May 10, 2018
- Comments Off on Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities
Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is offering a free online course, by and for individuals, who have communication disabilities, on ways to direct people to assist them communicating in their communities. This course is for people who:
- have a communication disability (not caused primarily by hearing loss)
- want a person to assist them communicating in certain situations
- are over 16 years of age
- communicate using unclear speech, picture, symbol, letter board or communication device
The course is also open to people who want to support an individual to take this course. » Read the rest
- 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
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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. » 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.