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Our team is excited to become part of the formidable group of human rights, employment, and constitutional lawyers at Ross & McBride. Our current and future clients will continue to receive the personalized, high-quality representation that has become synonymous with bakerlaw, and will benefit from the collaborative, cross-functional approach to complex issues that both we and Ross & McBride value. With the added resources of larger, full-service firm, this collaboration will allow us to take on new clients for the first time since October 2021. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- December 10, 2021
- Comments Off on Human Rights Day 2021
Today marks the 73rd annual Human Rights Day, which celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (link) as put forth by the United Nations in 1948.
This year’s theme for the celebration is “EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”, which relates to Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” » Read the rest
- December 1, 2021
- Comments Off on Dr. Poland Lai explores the impact of COVID-19 on individuals receiving and/or providing care
Dr. Poland Lai (link), Assistant Professor at York University, article Falling through the care cracks: younger people in long-term care homes (link) explores the issue of young persons with disabilities residing in Long-term care homes. She argues that LTC homes are not always considered as the most appropriate place for young persons with disabilities to reside, but the stark reality is that this is sometimes one of very limited choices available. » Read the rest
- September 27, 2021
- Amanda Dimilta
- Comments Off on OHRC releases policy statement on vaccine mandates
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.
- May 28, 2021
- Comments Off on Eyes Open: An Anti-Asian Racism PSA
Eyes Open: An Anti-Asian Racism PSA (link) provides a powerful and poignant message encouraging all Canadians to recognize historical and present injustices in our communities.
With a marked rise in anti-Asian racism, this Asian Heritage Month, the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice has launched the #FaceRace Campaign. » Read the rest
- May 5, 2021
- Comments Off on BakerLaw Statement on Vaccine Equity Court Decision
On behalf of our client, David Daneshvar, Bakerlaw is demanding the Doug Ford government immediately institute a vaccine equity strategy following today’s Ontario Divisional Court ruling. While today’s Court ruling stopped short of finding the government was infringing on its Charter obligations due to concerns about jurisdiction, it notes the case is being dismissed “not because the underlying issues are without any merit.” » Read the rest
- April 27, 2021
- Khalid Mahdi
- Comments Off on Proof of Disability Required for those Alleging Discrimination Relating to Masking Rules
A recent screening decision by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (“BCHRT”) held that any complaints of disability discrimination arising from a requirement to wear a mask must be substantiated by evidence of the existence of a disability. This decision sheds light on the response to B.C.’s » Read the rest
- April 14, 2021
- Comments Off on Ford government in court on Friday over vaccine equity legal challenge
Amidst mounting evidence and personal horror stories that the Ford government is failing to provide fair access to COVID-19 vaccines, the Province is spending precious resources by forcing a court hearing for this Friday, April 16th. The hearing will challenge the provincial government vaccine strategy that fails to provide clear direction and sufficient resources to Public Health Units to take an equity approach – which would include necessary accommodations – to vaccine distribution, as well as to ensure effective data collection. » Read the rest
- April 13, 2021
- Amanda Dimilta
- Comments Off on Human Rights Protections Apply—Even in a Pandemic
In the first merits decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”) on the role of human rights during the Covid-19 pandemic, Vice Chair Jennifer Scott minced no words. “Human rights protections do not go away in a pandemic.” JL v. » Read the rest
- March 16, 2021
- Comments Off on Ford government faces legal challenge over failure to provide vaccine equity
Ford government faces legal challenge over failure to provide vaccine equity
Community advocates warn some members of vulnerable populations will be at greater risk of death from COVID-19 without urgent change of course
Toronto, March 16, 2021 – Concern that Ontarians most at risk of attracting the COVID-19 virus will not receive fair access to the vaccine is prompting a legal challenge to the Doug Ford government. » Read the rest
- March 11, 2021
- Khalid Mahdi
- Comments Off on The Ontario Government’s 2021 Triage Policy
With the second-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic placing an increased strain on hospitals across Canada, the provincial government earlier this year released a highly controversial triage policy aimed at helping the healthcare system adapt (link). The triage policy works by assessing and placing patients in a colour-coded framework based on their risk of short-term mortality, which is defined as “survival beyond 12 months after the onset of critical illness.” » Read the rest