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Sa'd hopes to bring diversity to LSO bench

Toronto criminal and landlord/tenant lawyer  Caryma Sa’d  says she is looking to add diversity and a “fresh perspective” to the ranks if elected ... Read more

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Delays at Ontario human rights tribunal could undermine cases: lawyers

TORONTO — A shortage of adjudicators at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) is causing widespread delays that some lawyers say could undermine cases, ... Read more

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Cannabis-related human rights claims on the horizon

Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod  tells  Law Times   it’s likely the courts will see more human rights challenges related to claims an employer failed ... Read more

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Systemic discrimination could now be ‘immune from review’

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling that supports the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) decision that it does not have the authority to determine if Canadian laws are ... Read more

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Selective application of prepay policies a risky business

Restaurants with prepay policies should apply them to everyone or risk exposing themselves to a human rights complaint, Toronto human rights lawyer  Andrew Carvajal ... Read more

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LSO mandates training on workplace sexual harassment

As the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) highlights the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) — and there's a growing awareness of the need to tackle ... Read more

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Canadians with disabilities twice as likely to experience violence: Statistics Canada

New data from Statistics Canada says Canadians with disabilities are twice as likely to experience violent victimization as the able-bodied population. The figures, drawn ... Read more

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#MeToo needs to move beyond outing, demand concrete change

By Lorin MacDonald On Valentine’s Day, renowned criminal defense lawyer Marie Henein addressed a standing room only crowd (with a full overflow room as well) at ... Read more

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Accessibility and inclusion drive MacDonald

When Toronto human rights lawyer Lorin MacDonald decided to limit her practice to helping people with disabilities who have experienced discrimination, she worried that she was ... Read more

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Report warned rights of N.S. people with disabilities 'verging' on violation

HALIFAX — An external report warned more than a decade ago that a Nova Scotia hospital was ``verging'' on violating the basic rights of people with disabilities by ... Read more

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The paradox of sexual misconduct and people with disabilities

By Lorin MacDonald As a human rights lawyer and a woman living with a disability, I am troubled by some reactions to the resignation of the federal Minister of Sport and ... Read more

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PTSD bill a positive step: Achkar

A private member's bill that would establish a federal framework to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a positive step in recognizing mental health issues faced by ... Read more

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Human rights: protecting the individual or the community?

The closure of a respected research and treatment program at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) raises serious questions, says Toronto human rights ... Read more

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Employers should take steps to accommodate SAD

Although winter will soon be over, some individuals may continue to suffer from the mood disorder formerly known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — and employers who ... Read more

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Difficult to prove 'undue hardship' when denying services

For those delivering services to the public in Ontario, it is very difficult to justify picking and choosing clients unless you can prove undue hardship under the ... Read more

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Students with special needs aged 18 and older falling between the cracks

School boards and parents are grappling with a gap in services for children with special needs between the ages of 18 and 21, says Windsor education law lawyer Sheila MacKinnon . ... Read more

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Canadian attitudes towards gender identity, expression changing

The federal government is catching up with its provincial counterparts in Ontario by introducing legislation to protect the human rights of transgender people, says Toronto human ... Read more

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Recognition of miscarriage as disability 'highly significant'

A recent Ontario Human Rights tribunal finding that miscarriages should be considered a disability reflects a long-awaited new era of sensitivity for women, says Toronto ... Read more

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Racial discrimination claim over lack of 'demotion' tossed out

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has dismissed a claim that alleged racial discrimination against a company after a woman was not offered a position that her employer saw as a ... Read more

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Swearing in of Canada’s first transgender judge enriches the bench

Toronto litigator and human rights lawyer Deborah Howden says the appointment and swearing in of Canada's first self-identified transgender judge enriches the bench and ... Read more

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