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The livestream of the appeal hearing will be available on the Court’s livestream webpage. At 10am on Wednesday Nov 18 and Thursday Nov 19 click “Read More” to go to the Court’s web page, then scroll down to the webcast.
“This systemic discrimination must be stopped. The compensation order for the complainants was particularly insulting. It is time to end segregation and discrimination against people with disabilities in Nova Scotia.” -Vicky Levack
Here are extracts from the Court of Appeal’s upcoming docket—it has information about the hearing dates (November 18th and 19th) and times as well as the names of the panel of three judges who will be hearing and deciding the DRC’s appeal.
The closure of institutions and the provision of community-based supports, which the DRC, People First and others have been pushing for years, is something which happened decades ago in the UK. Here’s a 9-minute BBC podcast which tells the story of one person who survived institutionalization and fought for his right to community living.
The recent Chronicle-Herald article by Andrew Rankin stirred strong responses from readers and disability rights advocates alike.
Legal columnist Wayne MacKay was on CBC radio to talk about the significance of Justice Ginsburg’s milestone decision that outlawed the institutionalization of people with disabilities. [audio now available]
Disability Rights Coalition Human Rights Case Appeal documents were filed September 4, 2020.
Nova Scotia has a dark secret – we are one of the last provinces in Canada to close its institutions. There are still more than 500 people with disabilities being held in eight institutions across Nova Scotia.
The Government of Nova Scotia is breaking its promise to disabled children and their families. In 2013, the government vowed to close residential institutions for autistic and intellectually disabled children by 2023, replacing them with appropriate services so that children could continue to live with their families and attend school in their communities.
In his Human Rights Board of Inquiry decision in March 2019 [J. Walter Thompson, QC] found “Joey Delaney (one of the complainants) is so disabled that payment to him of a very large sum will not have a greater impact on his life than a moderate sum.”