Articles about ‘Via Rail’

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

VIA Rail Changes its Policies on Mobility Devices on its Trains

  • May 23, 2017
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As a result of our clients’ successful litigation at the Canadian Transportation Agency, VIA Rail proposed revisions to its policy regarding mobility devices to now permit two devices to be tied down on its trains. Previously, VIA’s policy only permitted one mobility device at a time to be tied down on its trains. » Read the rest

Married Couple Able to Travel Together on VIA Rail Trains

  • April 28, 2017
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Our clients are celebrating a major victory over VIA Rail.

Our clients, are husband and wife and are both persons with disabilities who use scooters to assist in their mobility. VIA Rail trains only have one tie-down space per train and as a result, our clients have been forced to travel separately or risk damage to their scooters by having them stowed improperly. » Read the rest

Canadian Transportation Agency Decision Favourable but Weak

  • February 16, 2017
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Yesterday bakerlaw congratulated our clients on the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (“CTA”) decision, insofar as it went to grant them their requested remedies. You can read the decision here (link).

Our clients are husband and wife and are frequent travellers on VIA Rail. They both use a mobility aid but can transfer to a regular train seat. » 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

Supreme Court Upholds Decision forcing VIA Rail Cars to be Wheelchair Accessible

  • March 23, 2007
  • David Baker
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CTV today reported that the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a decision by federal regulators that will force Via Rail to make their passenger rail cars more wheelchair accessible. Bakerlaw acted as legal counsel to the citizens groups behind the case.

Click here to read CTV’s full coverage on their website. » Read the rest

Supreme Court of Canada decision in VIA Rail

  • March 23, 2007
  • David Baker
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CTV today reported on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling to uphold a decision by federal regulators that will force Via Rail to make their passenger rail cars more wheelchair accessible.

Bakerlaw represented the citizen’s group behind the case, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.

David Baker is quoted in the story, nothing that “there’s not a single wheelchair accessible rail car in the country at the present time. » Read the rest

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