- July 24, 2017
- Comments Off on Ontario Superior Court Recognizes Independent Tort of Harassment in Sweeping Critique of the RCMP
On February 28, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court released a lengthy, sweeping judgment, criticizing the RCMP and its officers for a prolonged campaign of harassment against Sergeant Peter Merrifield.
Over a period of seven years, the Court found that members of the RCMP had launched unsubstantiated disciplinary investigations against Sergeant Merrifield; had transferred Sergeant Merrifield away from his field of expertise and denied him assignments; accused him of “kiting” or stealing funds from his RCMP American Express card; critiqued Sergeant Merrifield for engaging in public appearances; made disparaging comments about Sergeant Merrifield to his human intelligence sources as well as other members of the RCMP; and ultimately did what they could to ensure Sergeant Merrifield’s illustrious career was stonewalled. » Read the rest
- April 12, 2017
- Comments Off on Bakerlaw prepares to challenge 2011 amendments to Out-of-Country OHIP legislation
As indicated in our blog post here (link), Ontario’s Health Insurance Act and specifically the regulations that govern Out-of-Country claims for OHIP funding were significantly restricted by legislative amendments in 2011.
Bakerlaw has been retained to challenge one of these amendments, which currently requires that all patients seeking funding for the administration of a drug, including the provision of that drug, payment must be recommended by the Executive Officer of the Ontario Drug Benefit Act. » Read the rest
- July 11, 2016
- Comments Off on Fighting for the Right to Live in the Community
Bakerlaw’s David Baker and Emily Shepard finished up the first week of hearing in Kingston. The case centres on the idea that persons with disabilities should have the right to live and receive care in the community if they chose to, rather than be forced to live in an institution. You can read more about the case and our client here (link). » Read the rest
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Special Education Litigation Can Be Intense
This article (link) highlights just some of the challenges parents can find themselves up against when litigating special education cases.
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Finding the Right Balance
The Globe and Mail recently published an article that highlighted the delicate balance between inclusion and accommodation of students with disabilities with ensuring the safety and well-being of all students in the classroom. The article tells the story of a lawsuit against the Toronto District School Board by parents whose children were assaulted by a special needs student. » Read the rest
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Autism & Education
The Waterloo School Board has announced it is beginning discussions with the Province on ways to support students with autism in the school setting. This move was sparked by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ announcement to cut the IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) waitlists and remove children over the age of 5 whether they have received IBI or not. » Read the rest
- July 16, 2014
- Comments Off on Student Loans a Major Source of Discrimination Against Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities
Toronto, ON, July 16, 2014 – Students with disabilities have significantly higher costs when attending post-secondary colleges and universities. What is less well understood is that many students with disabilities are also burdened with significantly higher student debt to repay after leaving school.
Studies show student debt is a major concern for all post-secondary students, but debt is particularly onerous for students with disabilities who consequently require more time to complete their degree or diploma. » Read the rest
- July 11, 2014
- Comments Off on Communications and Disability Rights: How Litigation before the CRTC Can Make a Difference
This summer, Bakerlaw is pleased to host Julia Munk, Osgoode Hall Law School’s 2014 Kreppner Plater Fellowship winner. Julia is researching how effective advocacy before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) can make gains for the rights of persons with disabilities generally. Bakerlaw will feature some of Julia’s work on the website over the summer, beginning with her first blog post on the historical development of telecommunications regulation and successful advocacy before the CRTC – by both lawyers and non-lawyers – in favour of disability rights:
Telecommunications Makes Canada a Nation and Access Makes Its Citizens
Telecommunications has played a distinct role in Canada’s national development. » Read the rest
- July 9, 2014
- Comments Off on Environmental Issues and Disability Rights
Toronto, ON, July 9, 2014 – Noise and chemicals are two ways in which our public and private institutions have been endangering the health of workers, residents and travelers.
bakerlaw was counsel to the West Toronto Diamond Community Group (WTDCG) in their successful efforts to stop Metrolinx’s use of high impact pile drivers in their assault on the low income residents of the Junction area of Toronto. » Read the rest
- November 6, 2013
- Comments Off on Family Responsibilities are Human Rights
Toronto, ON, November 6, 2013 – Bakerlaw strongly believes it is discriminatory to refuse to accommodate persons with bona fide responsibilities for the care of family members. We are pleased to be at the forefront of championing the rights of caregivers, a group who has suffered in silence for too long. » Read the rest