Reports

Year 1 of the Remedy

Checklist

As Year 1 of the Remedy is very nearly complete, the DRC wants everyone to recall what exactly the Province has agreed to do by March 31st. Here you’ll have the complete list of obligations which are supposed to have been completed. We have highlighted several – the Province’s progress on these outcomes should be evident in communities across the Province.

Experts’ Report: Human Rights Review and Remedy

Experts’ Report: Human Rights Review and Remedy

The DRC is today releasing the Expert Report that formed the foundation of its Interim Settlement Agreement with the Province and the NS Human Rights Commission. In the wake of the landmark October 2021 NS Court of Appeal ruling finding systemic discrimination by the Province against persons with disabilities, the DRC and the Province agreed to obtain independent expert advice as to how the systemic discrimination identified by the Court of Appeal in its provision of supports and services could be resolved in a human rights compliant way. Here’s their Expert Report along with a five-page plain language Summary.

Road to Inclusion by 2023

Inclusion road sign

In 2013, the current government committed to closing institutions and providing community-based living supports for all persons with disabilities within 10 years—by the end of 2023. It was all set out in the Roadmap—a plan to community inclusion drafted jointly by the Province and disability rights advocates, and endorsed by then Premier Stephen McNeil and his government.

NS Advocate: Government abandoned earlier commitments to community living supports, new report charges

NS Advocate: Government abandoned earlier commitments to community living supports, new report charges

I remember how genuinely excited disability advocates were when in 2013 Denise Peterson-Rafuse, then minister of Community Services, announced a five-year plan to close down all large institutions for people living with physical or intellectual disabilities and provide them with the supports to live in their own communities, either in a small group home or in a place of their own. -Robert Devet