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David Baker reviews the new book, “Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law”, edited by Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt
- October 20, 2017
- David Baker
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Review (click HERE for the PDF version)
Disabling Barriers: Social Movements, Disability History, and the Law, ed. Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt
UBC Press, $32.95
The two editors of this valuable new addition to the small but growing literature on the law, history and politics of disability in Canada is most welcome. » Read the rest
McCreath v. Victoria Taxi (1987) Ltd., 2017 BCCA 342 – Blind British Columbia man loses discrimination case against taxi company
- October 16, 2017
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In a unanimous ruling on October 6, 2017, a panel of the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that Graeme McCreath, a blind man, was not discriminated against when he and his guide dog, Adrienne, were refused a taxi ride in 2014. » Read the rest
- October 16, 2017
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On October 12, 2017, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new policy statement explaining the purpose and importance of the duty to accommodate under the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code). Read the full statement here (link).
- August 3, 2017
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Bakerlaw recently posted a story about its client, a federal public servant who is fighting to remove barriers in the digital workplace. You can read more about that story here (link).
A similar story was recently published which further explains the challenges persons with disabilities face when struggling to navigate inaccessible technology. » Read the rest
Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. Summary: SCC Reaffirms Test for Discrimination but Gives a Narrow Understanding of Addiction
- June 27, 2017
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On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in the case of Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30. The majority judgment affirmed the current framework for determining whether discrimination has occurred. However, bakerlaw is concerned that the majority decision could have a chilling effect on individuals suffering from an addiction, as the Court’s ruling hinged on a very narrow understanding of addiction, which impacted its decision on whether in this case, drug dependence was a factor in the termination of employment. » 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
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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
- May 24, 2017
- David Baker
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Watch Bakerlaw’s David Baker discuss Ageism in the Workplace on the Agenda.
Check out the video here (link).
- April 12, 2017
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Bakerlaw continues to help clients obtain prior approval for OHIP funding for out-of-country medical expenses. Unfortunately the Ministry of Health rarely grants Ontarians’ legitimate requests for out-of-country funding for medically necessary treatment which is unavailable in Ontario on a timely basis. » Read the rest
- March 10, 2017
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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. » Read the rest
- March 10, 2017
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Bill S-201-the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act was passed by Parliament this week. This Act seeks to prevent persons from being compelled to undergo genetic testing and to protect the results of genetic testing from disclosure. You can read more about the Act here (link). » Read the rest