Vicky Levack, 29, a resident at Arborstone Enhanced Care nursing home in Halifax, says the province must do more to protect disabled people living in institutions from the threat of COVID-19.
The DRC is advocating for emergency planning and relief supports on behalf of people with disabilities in institutional settings, such as RRCs, ARCs, RCFs, and the East Coast Forensic Hospital, who are capable and wish to leave the institutions. In response to Covid 19, to reduce the risk of infection, persons with disabilities need to be provided with supports and services to move to community based settings on an urgent basis.
One of the many health protection measures taken by the Nova Scotia government has been the ban on visitors for people with disabilities residing in institutions and small options homes.
Government should do much more to protect institutionalized people with disabilities during the pandemic
Once again, Canada’s leading human rights publisher featured the human rights case against the Province brought by persons with disabilities. In its current ‘Human Rights Digest’, the editors of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter have selected the Board of Inquiry’s December 2019 decision regarding the compensation to be granted the three individual complainants for its monthly View Point editorial.
Halifax lawyer Vince Calderhead, who represented Beth MacLean, Joey Delaney and late Sheila Livingstone at the human rights board of inquiry, said the level of compensation awarded his clients devalues the lives of disabled people. – RYAN TAPLIN
“Province should tell us how it plans to deal with huge waiting list for small options homes” [paywall]
“The government knows what should be done. They should just do it.”
“Six months after releasing his 108-page decision, board inquiry chair Walter Thompson must now decide how much compensation the province owes MacLean, Joseph Delaney and the late Sheila Livingstone, who died in a Yarmouth institution three years ago.”