- October 9, 2020
- Comments Off on David Baker Receives the 2020 Gerry Bloomfield Award
Bakerlaw’s David Baker has been honored by Autism Ontario as a recipient of the 2020 Gerry Bloomfield Award for his outstanding professional contributions to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. David has and continues to act as an advocate for families of children on the autism spectrum on human rights matters, particularly in the areas of education and intervention. » Read the rest
- September 16, 2020
- Amanda Dimilta
- Comments Off on Ontario’s COVID-19 School Plan Fails Students with Disabilities
In the midst of a global pandemic, the return to school for Ontario students has been a source of anxiety for many parents and caregivers across the province. For students with disabilities, the return to school poses a number of challenges. » 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).
- December 18, 2019
- Comments Off on Thoughts from our intern
Konstantina Nikolakis is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto completing her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications, Culture, Information and Technology (CCIT) and majoring in Diaspora studies . She joined bakerlaw as a summer intern following the completion of her 3 year at UofT for 3 months. » Read the rest
- February 7, 2019
- Kimberly Srivastava
- Comments Off on Changes to the Ontario Autism Program
On February 6, 2019, the Ontario government announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program. Read about the changes and the implications in the links below.
Toronto Star article (link).
Global News article (link).
- 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. » Read the rest
People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?
- November 12, 2017
- Comments Off on People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?
The research study entitled, Episodic Disabilities in Canada – People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?, provides important analysis and research to assist people with episodic disabilities in pursuing human rights applications. » Read the rest
- November 12, 2017
- David Baker
- Comments Off on David Baker’s Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel
On November 13, 2017, David Baker will be presenting his paper, “Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel” at the Ontario Bar Association’s program, Your First Application Before the Human Rights Tribunal. Among the critical pieces of advice discussed, is the following:
Applicant counsel owes a duty to their clients to advise them that the HRTO is increasingly denying Applicants accessible justice, particularly in large or systemic cases. » 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.