- December 17, 2020
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on Jasmin Simpson Wins: Court Holds Student Loans Programs Violated Her Charter rights
It took nearly two decades for Jasmin Simpson to get her day in court. It took only two months from the end of submissions for the Court to rule in her favour.
On October 26, 2020, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice held that Ms. » 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
- October 9, 2020
- Comments Off on Throne Speech Unveils New Canadian Disability Benefit
While the Council of Canadians with Disabilities has praised the government’s plan for “using a disability lens when developing its national work,” others have been critical of the CDB’s ability to support Canadians with disabilities. Of particular concern for John Stapleton, an Innovation Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation is the potential for a CDB modelled after the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to exclude a large majority of Canadians with disabilities. » Read the rest
- September 25, 2020
- Comments Off on Federal COVID-19 Supports for Canadians with Disabilities are Too Little, Too Late, Advocates Say
Among those severely impacted by the pandemic, Canadians with disabilities have been the hardest-hit. CBC News has reported on recent calls by disability advocates for the federal government to better support this group, which has been struggling with new barriers created by the pandemic. » Read the rest
- September 3, 2020
- Comments Off on Accessibility Standards Canada Consultation Launched
Interested in influencing Accessibility Standards Canada’s (ASC) direction and research priorities? ASC has launched an online survey for Canadians to have their say. You can access the survey here (link).
- July 30, 2020
- Comments Off on 30 years of the ADA!
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paved the way for significant advancements in protecting human rights for persons with disabilities. This year, we celebrate 30 years of the ADA!
The “Burgdorf on Disability Rights” website dedicated to telling stories (past and present) and providing helpful insights on the topics of disability rights in the United States. » Read the rest
- July 30, 2020
- Kimberly Srivastava
- Comments Off on Unique Case, Unique Client, Unique Family
We’ve posted previously about our client Jasmin Simpson and her resolve to change the Canada Student Loan Program (CSLP) for the better (link). Jasmin’s fight to improve the CSLP for students with severe disabilities has been ongoing for more than a decade. » Read the rest
David Baker reviews “Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions”
- December 11, 2019
- David Baker
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Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions, by Dr. Mike Condra and Meryl Gary: 2019: Lancaster House
Lancaster House: $65.00
Mental health cases have suffered for years from the stigma of being treated differently from other disability based human rights cases. » Read the rest
- August 19, 2019
- Comments Off on The Vital Importance of Accommodations: Everyone Deserves a Chance
The following are comments written by Dr. Donna Ouchterlony, M.D., who has practiced in the field of Neurorehabilitation for over 30 years, and who acted as an expert in the case described below.
I was in practice for 50 years and for most of that time I was rehabilitating people with multiple disabilities. » Read the rest
- December 15, 2017
- 1 Comment
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