Articles about ‘Transportation’

Canadian Transportation Agency rejects Via Rail’s efforts to limit wheelchair, mobility access on trains

  • November 16, 2017
  • BakerLaw
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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. The national rail provider has been actively resisting a previous Agency ruling dictating that all trains coast to coast must double their capacity to accommodate mobility aids and create two tie-down spots for the devices. » Read the rest

Canada’s Transportation System Should be the Most Accessible in the World, says CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency

  • June 19, 2017
  • BakerLaw
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The Canadian Transportation Agency has been undergoing a major regulatory review, called the Regulatory Modernization Initiative, with the goal of improving all of its regulations. The is an opportunity to improve regulations regarding accessibility. Today, the CEO of the Agency, Scott Streiner, gave a speech outlining his vision to make Canada’s national transportation system the most accessible in the world.  » Read the rest

Along for the Ride

  • March 10, 2017
  • BakerLaw
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The TTC has announced that it will be changing its Wheel-Trans eligibility. These changes will expand the scope of services offered to include persons with sensory, mental-health or cognitive disabilities.

ARCH argued that this very expansion should have occurred in 1999, and the failure to do so was discriminatory. You can read about that case here (link). » Read the rest

York-Region Transit Mobility Plus Problems

  • February 10, 2016
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Our client, Ms. Angela Schinas, has multiple serious and intersecting disabilities. She is unable to use public transit, and so requires door-to-door transportation provided by Mobility Plus in York Region Transit (“YRT”).

Despite having multiple doctors’ notes which indicate that she requires door-to-door transportation, YRT has refused to provide her with the door-to-door service she requires for all of her trips. » Read the rest

Transportation of Persons with Disabilities in Canada: Triumphs and Tribulations

  • December 29, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Bakerlaw has worked extensively in the area of advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in the transportation context.

Bakerlaw represented the Council of Canadians with Disabilities in the Via Rail case in 2007 click here to read the case (link). To read a paper regarding the decision by bakerlaw’s David Baker and Sarah Godwin (formerly of bakerlaw) click here (link). » Read the rest

Canadian Transportation Agency Reaffirms Independent Travel Rights of Passengers with Disabilities

  • December 10, 2015
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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A recent case decided at the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has affirmed that deaf-blind persons have the right to determine their own need for an attendant during air travel. The case arose when Ms. Carrie Moffatt was told by Air Canada that she could not travel as a deaf-blind person without an attendant. » Read the rest

Special means to an end

  • March 15, 2008
  • David Baker
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The Toronto Star today featured a piece by Helen Henderson on activist Claire Mehta, the original complainant in the battle with VIA Rail over wheelchair inaccessible passenger cars. Bakerlaw acted as legal counsel to the complainants in the case, which proved to be a major victory for the community. (As Henderson notes, the case went to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled last year that, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, people with disabilities have a right to barrier-free transportation.)

Click here to read the full story on the Star’s website. » Read the rest

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