- October 4, 2019
- Comments Off on Housing to Become a Human Right in Canada
The Canadian Government has introduced the National Housing Strategy Act that affirms housing as a human right. The Act will invest more than $55 billion over the next ten years to give Canadians safe and affordable housing. For years, advocates and the public have been pushing the government to help the 1.7 million people across Canada that are in need of housing. » Read the rest
- May 24, 2019
- Comments Off on The Gabriel Award Goes to the film ‘I Go Forward’, Depicting Justin Clark’s Story
The Gabriel Award, sponsored by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, is awarded to films that convey “the worthiness of individuals while honoring the beauty of the human spirit.” For more information about the award, please visit their website here (link). This year, I Go Forward by David Gutnick is the recipient of this prestigious award and has been recognized in the General Excellence category. » Read the rest
- December 21, 2018
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on Ministry of Education Gaining Power to Establish Service Animal Guidelines
The Ontario Ministry of Education has recently introduced Bill 48, the “Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2018”, which mandates revocation of a teacher’s teaching certificate if he or she is guilty of professional misconduct involving sexual abuse of a child.
One provision of Bill 48, however, seems unrelated: Schedule 2 of the Bill would amend subsection 8(1) of the Education Act, giving the Minister of Education the power to establish policies and guidelines respecting service animals in schools. » Read the rest
- December 21, 2018
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on CHRT to Hear Complaint of Women with Service Dogs Forced off Flight
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (“CHRT”) will hear the complaint of two visually-impaired Toronto women who were removed from a flight at Pearson Airport because of their service dogs.
Amal Haddad, Nayla Farah, and Farah’s daughter allege that, though they had all the necessary papers and had travelled with service dogs many times before, the flight crew on their Jet Airways flight had them removed for refusing to muzzle their service dogs. » Read the rest
- November 13, 2018
- Baker Law
- Comments Off on The #metoo and #timesup movements are making their impact on the legal profession
The Law Society’s Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee has just released a report on the activities of the Duty and Harassment Counsel of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). The report shows that there been a 50% increase in discrimination complaints against lawyers this year, including complaints by members of the public and other legal professionals. » Read the rest
- October 25, 2018
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on Another Blow to Access to Justice in Canada
The Conversation has recently published an article by Doug Ferguson and Jason H. Voss entitled “How a proposed law could cut off legal aid for low-income people”.
The article discusses Bill C-75, a federal bill currently before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The legislation seeks to amend Canada’s Criminal Code, including by increasing the maximum penalty for all summary conviction offences from six months to two years. » Read the rest
- July 16, 2018
- David Baker
- Comments Off on Sexual Harassment and Assault at Work or School
The public attention being paid to high profile persons subjected to sexual violence and harassment has encouraged persons in lower waged positions with comparable experiences to speak up, seek support from co-workers and unions and exercise their rights to justice so they are not doubly violated.
A new book called In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, by Bernice Yeung is reviewed in the July 2018 New York Review of Books by Alissa Quart and Barbara Erenreich http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/07/19/workplace-violence-sisters-in-arms/ (link) The reviewers state:
#MeToo has too often ignored the most frequent victims of abuse, however, such as waitresses or hotel housekeepers. » Read the rest
- March 1, 2018
- Kimberly Srivastava
- Comments Off on Client wins landmark award of $200,000 for sexual assault
9 years ago, our client filed an HRTO application detailing how she had been sexually assaulted, solicited, threatened, and harassed in her workplace and in her home. The assaults were perpetrated by her boss who was also her landlord. It was a long journey, but earlier this year we welcomed the Tribunal’s decision affirming the discrimination and pattern of victimization she experienced. » 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
People with episodic disabilities in Canada: Who are they and what supports do they need to obtain and retain employment?
- November 12, 2017
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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.