Articles about ‘Human rights’

Lawsuit alleges a disabled inmate forced to sleep on the floor for 21 days

  • October 4, 2021
  • Daniel Mulroy
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Kitten Keyes is an inmate at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario. Keyes is a person with disabilities who uses a wheelchair and states that she was forced to sleep on the floor of her cell for 21 straight days because her cell was not accessible. » Read the rest

OHRC releases policy statement on vaccine mandates

  • September 27, 2021
  • Amanda Dimilta
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On September 22, 2021, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its statement regarding the Ontario government’s requirement that residents provide proof of full vaccination to access certain public settings, specifically higher risk indoor facilities.

The OHRC states that the mandate is generally permissible under the Ontario Human Rights Code (link), as long as those who cannot be vaccinated are reasonably accommodated. » Read the rest

David Baker’s thoughts on the paper “Should Economics Play a Greater Role in the Adjudication of Human Rights Claims? The Examples of Injury to Dignity and the Duty to Accommodate”

  • August 27, 2021
  • David Baker
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American economist, Milton Friedman, has pointed out that discrimination can impose economic costs on those engaging in discrimination as well as upon their victims (Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom, 2002). David Lewis and Ian Currie have made a valuable contribution by pointing out how these costs can be quantified in the interests of better-informed decision-making. » Read the rest

Issues with Artificial Intelligence: The Need for Regulation

  • July 6, 2021
  • Daniel Mulroy
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The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has initiated a multiyear, multidisciplinary project to research the development, and impact of artificial intelligence (AI), automated decision-making (ADM) and algorithms on access to justice, human rights, and due process.

A recent publication from the LCO, Regulating AI: Critical Issues and Choices (link), discusses the issues that arise from the use of AI and ADM, and calls for significant regulatory reform in Ontario. » Read the rest

Protected Ground of Citizenship does not Include Permanent Residency

  • June 21, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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Ontario’s Divisional Court allowed an application for judicial review regarding the 2018 case of Haseeb v. Imperial Oil (Link) .While the Tribunal had ruled that the protected ground of citizenship extended to permanent residents, the Divisional Court disagreed and overturned this finding. » Read the rest

Making hospital health care more accessible for persons with disabilities

  • June 4, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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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.

The Committee’s initial report containing 22 recommendations can be accessed here (link). » Read the rest

Equity issues in the Canada Research Chairs Program Resolved by Settlement

  • April 29, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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Around March 31, 2021, the Government of Canada settled a complaint filed by a University of Ottawa law professor, Amir Attaran, regarding equity issues within the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program. The CRC program awards grants to Canada’s top researchers. This marks one of two settlements concerning equity within the program. » Read the rest

New Online Complaint System seeks to Hold Canadian Businesses Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

  • April 28, 2021
  • Khalid Mahdi
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In March 2021, the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) launched an online form (link) that would allow foreign individuals, organizations and communities to file complaints of possible human rights violations arising from the operations of Canadian companies operating abroad. » Read the rest

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