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.”
Open letter to Minister Kelly Regan requesting pandemic pay incentives for workers supporting Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities
“… Very few people with disabilities are appointed to Nova Scotia’s 135 Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) despite the claim that ‘The Government of Nova Scotia has an employment equity policy and we encourage people from diverse communities to apply’.” -Warren (Gus) Reed
The DRC’s appeal of its human rights claim based on the discriminatory impact of unnecessary institutionalisation and denial of meaningful access to community based options has been rescheduled.
During this pandemic, ethical decision making principles are more important than ever to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities are respected – in this open statement a group of experts from Australia identified six principles…
“It is essential to attend to the health and human rights of those incarcerated in provincial jails But it is unforgivable to, at the same time, ignore those who languish in disability institutions.” -Sheila Wildeman
The DRC endorses Amnesty International’s open statement concerning the greater risks faced by persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.
The news we are hearing about prisons in the States and elsewhere in Canada is extraordinarily grim. In response, quite a few incarcerated persons are being released. In Nova Scotia residents of institutions are not so fortunate.