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Halifax – Labour, education, business, and community organisations together with individuals representing tens of thousands of Nova Scotians have joined together in an open letter calling on the Premier to take immediate action to fulfill the equality rights of persons with disabilities in need.

The letter calls upon the Premier to implement the Court of Appeal October 6 ruling, drop the application to the Supreme Court of Canada, negotiate a systemic human rights remedy to the problem of discrimination against people with disabilities in accessing social assistance, and end the funding cap which singles out the disabled and creates barriers to their inclusion in our communities.

Saltwire: Systemic discrimination against disabled justified, N.S. government will argue

Claire McNeil

A lawyer representing the province basically conceded Wednesday that the Nova Scotia government has systemically discriminated against people with disabilities, as the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal found in an October 2021 decision.

“We are not going to relitigate the issue (that was) before the Court of Appeal,” said Kevin Kindred, one of two lawyers representing the province at an independent human rights board of inquiry pre-hearing.

Instead, the province will argue that the widespread discriminatory practices, identified by the Disabled Rights Coalition and confirmed by the court, were justified. (photo: Francis Campbell)

HalifaxExaminer: Disability advocates to premier: stop the appeal

Vicky Levack and Kariellen Graham

Dozens of groups and prominent individuals have signed an open letter to Premier Tim Houston in support of a request from the Disability Rights Coalition.

The names go on for eight pages, but the request is straightforward: the signatories are demanding that the premier act immediately on a Nova Scotia Court of Appeal decision last October that said the province could no longer deny people with intellectual and physical disabilities equal access to income assistance and housing/care outside of large institutions.

Saltwire (Francis Campbell): Burrill renews call to premier to drop idea of appealing disabled rights case

Gary Burrill

The leader of the New Democratic Party has again called on Premier Tim Houston to drop his government’s application to seek an appeal of a landmark court ruling on supportive housing for people with disabilities.

“In my view this decision is a major error in judgment,” Gary Burrill said in a release. “I am asking the premier to reconsider his decision and drop the request to appeal.”

CBC: N.S. facilities for people with disabilities grappling with Omicron

Joyce D'Entremont, CEO of Mountains and Meadows Care Group

The eight provincially-funded facilities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities in Nova Scotia are grappling with the effects of the latest wave of COVID-19, the head of a care group said Thursday.

Joyce d’Entremont, CEO for Mountains and Meadows Care Group, said the coronavirus is currently in all facilities to some degree, ranging from a few confirmed cases among staff or residents to full-blown outbreaks. (photo: Shaina Luck/CBC)

Global News (CP): N.S. government to top court: housing choice for people with disabilities not a right

Global News (CP): N.S. government to top court: housing choice for people with disabilities not a right

Global News (CP): “The Nova Scotia government is arguing receiving timely access to appropriate housing is not a human right for people with disabilities and is asking Canada’s top court to overturn a decision that found its current practices are discriminatory.

In an argument seeking leave to appeal to the top court, two government lawyers warn that if the province’s Court of Appeal decision is allowed to stand, human rights legislation would be taking on too much power.”