As many of you have likely heard, Joanne Larade passed away last week, just one day after moderating No More Warehousing’s ‘Celebrating Mothers’ event. Joanne was a very passionate, outgoing disability rights advocate with lots of optimism and life. We are so saddened by her sudden passing.
At the conclusion of her mission to Canada, the UN’s expert on disability rights expresses ‘extreme concern’ concerning the failure of Canadian governments (incl. Nova Scotia) to ensure adequate community-based supports for persons with disabilities. She was also critical of the idea of making individual families file their own human rights complaint.
Media, The Coast: The time is yesterday for action on systemic warehousing of people with disabilities
Last Thursday disability advocacy groups presented a letter to the premier, calling on the provincial government to address systemic warehousing of people with disabilities.
For all of Brendon’s 29 years, his parents have been his caregivers, his lifeline. But as Kim Smith and Kathleen Purdy get older, there is growing anxiety about what Brendon’s future will look like — where he will live, who will care for him?
On Thursday April 4, 2019, Premier Stephen McNeil made good on his promise to meet Donnie MacLean (member of People First, Middleton Chapter) to accept the Disability Rights Coalition’s open letter. The letter, signed by individuals and groups representing over 100,000 Nova Scotians, calls upon the Premier to end the human rights crisis and unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities… Check out Donnie’s journey, the latest chapter in this struggle for human rights by people with disabilities in Nova Scotia.
The Open Letter and Panel made the news: Global News: Get people with disabilities out of institutions, rights groups tell Nova Scotiahttps://globalnews.ca/news/5130721/disability-rights/ CBC: Disability advocates call for more community-living supporthttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/disability-community-living-access-services-government-1.5084545 CTV: Get people with disabilities out of institutions, rights groups
The decision was mentioned in the Contrarian on March 4, 2019 “Human Rights Board Chair Walter Thompson slams the door on 1,500 intellectually challenged Nova Scotians” (March 4, 2019)https://contrarian.ca/2019/03/04/human-rights-commissioner-walter-thompson-slams-the-door-on-1500-intellectually-challenged-nova-scotians/
We were mentioned in today’s Nova Scotia Advocate article calling on people to sign the open letter or institutionalized persons to file their own Human Rights Complaint: https://nsadvocate.org/2019/03/26/after-partial-win-in-human-rights-case-coalition-wants-affected-people-to-file-human-rights-complaints/ What you can do: https://www.disabilityrightscoalitionns.ca/2019/03/22/what-can-you-do/
Check back here for updates on the Nova Scotia Human Rights Case.