What medical documentation should you accept when asked to accommodate a disability?

February 2nd, 2017 by Celia Chandler

Our housing provider and employer clients often get asked to accommodate mental and physical disabilities under the Human Rights Code. While we’ve known for a long time that it’s OK to ask for medical documentation to support the requests, it’s been a bit unclear what should be included in doctors’ notes. Sometimes clients got notes that were too skimpy and other times clients got lengthy ones that revealed much more information than was necessary to meet the request.

Yesterday, the Human Rights Commission released some guidance for doctors, for people requesting accommodation, and for housing providers and employers who have been asked for accommodation. The Commission tells us that a doctor’s note should include:

  • that the person has a disability
  • the limitations or needs associated with the disability
  • whether the person can perform the essential duties or requirements of the job, of being a tenant, or of being a service user, with or without accommodation
  • the type of accommodation(s) that may be needed to allow the person to fulfill the essential duties or requirements of the job, of being a tenant, or of being a service user,
  • in employment, regular updates about when the person expects to come back to work, if they are on leave

To see what the Commission released yesterday, click here.

To see the Commission’s Policy on ableism and discrimination based on disability, click here.

Save the Date: IC Education, our workshop series, will turn its attention to human rights in housing on March 4, 2017, at Otter Creek Co‑operative in Whitby. More details to follow soon!

 

The How-To’s of Co-Buying – Resources from our event

February 2nd, 2017 by Iler Campbell

We’ve been hearing more and more about co-buying as a means of accessing the real estate market for those who might otherwise not be able to afford a house of their own. The incredible amount of interest in our event last Thursday just went to show how interested people are in this concept.

For those of you who wish to learn more or refresh your memory, here are the presentations from our event.

 

Henceforth legalese should not be used — i.e., it should cease, desist and be at an end

January 26th, 2017 by Celia Chandler

This post was first published on rabble.ca

Law is a tool. It’s a tool for everyone to use. And with increasing numbers of people representing themselves in court and using legal how-to books and online resources, everyone is using it. Lawyers and judges have a responsibility to talk and write clearly so that others can effectively use the tool.

Legalese is the term used for language used by lawyers and in legal documents that is difficult for ordinary people to understand. Here are four techniques that exclude others: Read the rest of this post

Register for The How-To’s of Co-Buying – Jan 26 @ CSI Annex

January 6th, 2017 by Iler Campbell

Registration is open for our latest IC Education event, The How-To’s of Co-Buying. Claim your spot here.

Learn everything you need to know about co‑buying as a way to enter the housing market. Our experienced panelists will walk through the co‑buying process from start to finish. Join us to learn about choosing the right property, financing, and legal arrangements for co‑buyers.

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Public interest should be central to regulation of charities’ political activities

January 6th, 2017 by Brian Iler

This article was first published on rabble.ca

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has been notorious in recent years for its attacks on charities for their alleged political activities. Charities concerned about climate change and Aboriginal rights bore the brunt, with some still awaiting the attitude change promised by Justin Trudeau when he took power.

Taking Trudeau at his word, our law firm provided our thoughts to the Liberals’ inquiry on the issue of how charities’ political activities should be regulated.

Below is a précis. Our full submission is here.

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How-To’s of Co-Buying – free workshop Jan 26

December 21st, 2016 by Iler Campbell

As promised, and further to Lauren’s November blog post on the challenges of entering the real estate market, we are pleased to announce that Iler Campbell’s session on the “How-To’s of Co-Buying” will take place on Thursday, January 26th at the Centre for Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst from 5.30-8.00pm.

In addition to hearing about legal aspects of co-ownership, you’ll be able to hear from a real estate agent, a mortgage broker, and folks who have taken the plunge and can speak to some of the ins and outs of co-buying.

The full speaker list will be published in early January, but for now please save the date. We look forward to seeing many of you there!