As of August 1, 2022, bakerlaw has joined forces with Ross & McBride LLP.
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 7, 2021
- Daniel Mulroy
- Comments Off on Charter challenge claims CERB and CRB discriminated against people with disabilities
On November 26, 2021, the Toronto Star published the article “CERB and CRB discriminated against Canadians with disabilities, new Charter challenge claims” (link). This article outlines the Charter challenge Ms. Valerie Jacob has launched, with the assistance of bakerlaw, claiming that the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (“CERB”) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (“CRB”) discriminated against her, as a worker with disabilities. » Read the rest
- October 22, 2021
- Comments Off on UBC Law Students seek Mentorship from Lawyers with Disabilities – Call for Lawyer Mentors
The newly founded UBC Law Disability Alliance (“ULDA”) is seeking student mentorship from lawyers with disabilities. This new program is intended to help law students with disabilities “foster a sense of belonging, support disability based activism, and develop networking ties” as they begin their promising legal careers. » Read the rest
- May 21, 2021
- Comments Off on “Know Your Rights” – Vaccine Equity Podcast
Bakerlaw’s David Baker (link) recently was a guest on the “Know Your Rights” segment of the Kelly and Company podcast – AMI-audio’s (link) daily live afternoon programming. On the podcast, he spoke with host Danielle McLaughlin about the inequitable roll-out of Ontario’s COVID vaccinations, and the impact that the inequitable vaccine roll-out is having on Ontarians with disabilities. » Read the rest
- May 10, 2021
- Comments Off on Ableism in the Medical Profession
In a recent article, BBC News has reported on the discriminatory treatment experienced by disabled medical students in the pursuit of accommodations for their disability-related needs. Referred to as “ableism,” perceptions within professional circles of medical students and professionals with disabilities as inferior and less competent has resulted in many not getting the accommodations that they need. » Read the rest
UPDATE: Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs for Students with Disabilities
- January 15, 2020
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on UPDATE: Jasmin Simpson Challenges Discriminatory Student Loans Programs for Students with Disabilities
From January 14-16, 2020, Jasmin Simpson will finally get her day in court.
Jasmin, who is blind, Deaf, and has lupus, has been waiting for this for nearly two decades. She graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2008. » Read the rest
David Baker reviews “Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions”
- December 11, 2019
- David Baker
- Comments Off on David Baker reviews “Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions”
Mental Health Disabilities at Work: A Practical Guide for Employees, Employers and Unions, by Dr. Mike Condra and Meryl Gary: 2019: Lancaster House
Lancaster House: $65.00
Mental health cases have suffered for years from the stigma of being treated differently from other disability based human rights cases. » Read the rest
- September 5, 2019
- Comments Off on Petition to Reform the Assistive Devices Program
The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) has started a petition to change the current Assistive Devices Program (ADP) that makes it extremely difficult for people with disabilities to access the devices they need.
The ADP is chronically underfunded and understaffed; requiring people to wait multiple months for their devices and pay for their own repair costs, which in many cases can reach thousands of dollars. » Read the rest
- August 29, 2019
- Comments Off on Update: ODSP definition change will pose a difficulty for persons with mental health disabilities
On December 7, 2018, we posted an article related to Ontario’s recent change to the definition of disability. You can read this post here (link).
David Baker and Gail Czukar wrote an article for the Toronto star on December 17, 2018 regarding the changes in the definition of “disability” in the ODSP Act. » Read the rest
- August 26, 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). » Read the rest
- August 15, 2019
- Anoop Kalsi
- Comments Off on Report from the CHRC: Challenges faced by persons with disabilities in employment
In January 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Commission released a report regarding challenges that persons with disabilities continue to face when looking for work, when seeking workplace accommodations, and when trying to advance in their careers.
You can read this report here (link).