- 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. Some new standards include the requirement of relay operators to achieve a certain typing speed, rate of accuracy, and call-answer time, among many others. » Read the rest
Class action certified for government negligence in abandoning 18 year old disabled people at the bottom of adult waitlists
- March 11, 2019
- Laura Lepine
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On December 14th, 2018, Justice Edward P. Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, certified a class action proceeding brought by the father of a disabled person, Briana Leroux. Briana is 20 years old and has a rare brain disorder; she will need constant care for her whole life.
Until she turned 18, Briana received services via the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (“MCYS”). » Read the rest
- February 26, 2019
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on David Lepofsky, Disability Organizations Call on Federal Government to Improve Bill C-81
On January 9th, 2019, the Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (“AODA Alliance”), David Lepofsky, sat down with CTV “Your Morning” host Kelsey McEwen to discuss the federal government’s Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act.
Since the bill’s inception, the federal government has stated it is meant to reflect the principle “nothing about us without us!” However, disability groups including the AODA Alliance are calling foul. » Read the rest
- December 7, 2018
- Anoop Kalsi
- Comments Off on ODSP definition change will pose difficulties for persons with mental health disabilities
Ontario’s recent change to the definition of disability will result in difficulties for those who suffer from mental health disabilities to qualify for assistance under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
The government’s change includes aligning the definition of disability with the federal government’s definition under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). » Read the rest
- December 5, 2018
- Anoop Kalsi
- Comments Off on Revisiting Clark v. Clark
In 1982, surrounding talks around the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin Clark began a battle for what would ultimately become a pivotal movement for Canadian disability rights. 26 years ago, on November 25, 1982, Judge John Ross Matheson rendered his historical ruling which determined that Justin Clark was mentally competent and able to make his own decisions. » Read the rest
- November 28, 2018
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on Devaluing Ontarians with Intellectual Disabilities
The Ontario government has announced a change to the Employment Standards Act that will have a significant, negative impact on Ontarians with intellectual disabilities: a delay to the end of sheltered workshops.
“Sheltered workshops” are places where people with disabilities are employed for incredibly low wages (under $2.00 per hour). Under the Employment Standards Act, sheltered workshops are excluded from the wage protections in place for other Ontario workers. » 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
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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
- December 15, 2017
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Bakerlaw congratulates Laurie Beachell on his selection for the Canada Revenue Agency’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC will serve as a forum for persons with disabilities to communicate their perspectives to the Canada Revenue Agency as it works to revise the way it administers the tax measures designed to support people with disabilities. » 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. 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