Call To Action

Human Rights Hearing to resume Tues. June 6th

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The Board of inquiry will hear from the parties with respect to a systemic human rights remedy and the details of an interim agreement with respect to monitoring and enforcement of that agreement to end discrimination against persons with disabilities in their access to social assistance.

The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax-Bedford, 980 Parkland Drive, Halifax.

Open Letter to the Premier & Send Your Own

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Halifax – Labour, education, business, and community organisations together with individuals representing tens of thousands of Nova Scotians have joined together in an open letter calling on the Premier to take immediate action to fulfill the equality rights of persons with disabilities in need.

The letter calls upon the Premier to implement the Court of Appeal October 6 ruling, drop the application to the Supreme Court of Canada, negotiate a systemic human rights remedy to the problem of discrimination against people with disabilities in accessing social assistance, and end the funding cap which singles out the disabled and creates barriers to their inclusion in our communities.

Saltwire (Francis Campbell): Burrill renews call to premier to drop idea of appealing disabled rights case

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The leader of the New Democratic Party has again called on Premier Tim Houston to drop his government’s application to seek an appeal of a landmark court ruling on supportive housing for people with disabilities.

“In my view this decision is a major error in judgment,” Gary Burrill said in a release. “I am asking the premier to reconsider his decision and drop the request to appeal.”


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A day after the Court of Appeal released its ruling regarding decades-long systemic discrimination against people with disabilities in their access to social assistance, the Premier announced that he would “not fight people with disabilities in court” and that he would not appeal.

Fast forward to one week ago – a complete reversal by the Premier with the announcement that Province is appealing – all the while the discriminatory treatment continues unchecked.