Articles about ‘Human rights’

University of Waterloo Discriminated in its Admissions Decision, Court of Appeal Upholds

  • January 11, 2021
  • Laura Lepine
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The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision recognizing that students with disabilities are entitled to substantive accommodation when applying to university.

This decision confirms that university admission processes are not exempt from human rights obligations: where admissions standards adversely impact students with disabilities, universities must accommodate those students, or show that it would be an undue hardship to do so. » Read the rest

Black Public Servants Allege Discrimination in the Federal Public Service

  • December 11, 2020
  • Khalid Mahdi
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CBC News has recently reported on a proposed class-action lawsuit by current and former Black Canadian civil servants alleging discrimination in employment on the basis of race. The lawsuit alleges that Black public servants have been repeatedly overlooked for promotions and subjected to a toxic work environments. » Read the rest

Does inaction on climate change violate Canadians’ human rights?

  • November 16, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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Does inaction on climate change violate Canadians’ human rights? If the Netherlands are any example to follow, the answer may be yes.

In The Netherlands vs Urgenda, the Dutch Supreme Court found that an inadequate response to climate change can violate human rights. » Read the rest

(In)Accessibility in the Legal Profession

  • November 3, 2020
  • Khalid Mahdi
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Among key factors that shape the ability of Canadians to access justice, the physical accessibility of courthouses is too crucial an issue to be overlooked. For lawyers with disabilities, the inaccessibility of provincial courthouses is not simply an issue of physical access, but also the ability to participate as members of the legal profession. » Read the rest

Canadians Protected from Genetic Discrimination

  • October 9, 2020
  • Laura Lepine
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Genetic testing has never been more accessible. A genetic test can tell you about your ancestry, or tell your doctor important information about your health. The information from a genetic test, however, is highly personal. It would be a breach of your privacy if that information fell into the wrong hands. » Read the rest

Throne Speech Unveils New Canadian Disability Benefit

  • October 9, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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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

Deaf Politician – The Gary Malkowski Story

  • October 9, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Following the release of the new book, Deaf Politician: The Gary Malkowski Story, Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario will be hosting a webinar surrounding the life and remarkable accomplishments of Gary Malkowski. The webinar will take place over Zoom on Friday, October 9th at 3 p.m. » Read the rest

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