“Please Premier, don’t listen to all the excuses, rationalizations and restraints that stand in the way of a better future for our citizens with disabilities. Create a Nova Scotia where “Everybody is somebody!” and worthy of a dignified place in our communities.” -Jeff Moore, Founder of L’Arche Homefires
There has been much confusion over the past week over what the rules are for people living in long-term care facilities. This has made it very hard for residents to plan for the holiday season. But today (Dec 22nd ) at 6:00am, we were told that we are not allowed to leave the building except for medical appointments.
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.