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2019 Media Hits

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 20, 2019): A little bit of good news for anybody wants people labelled as living with intellectual disabilities to have better access to community-based housing options. National groups to join human rights legal fight on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities.
  2. GlobalNews (June 20, 2019): The appeal was launched by the Disability Rights coalition after the human rights board of inquiry found the province had violated the human rights of three people with disabilities. 3 national organizations granted intervener status in disabilities human rights appeal
  3. Chronicle Herald (July 20, 2019): A judge has granted intervenor status to three national disabilities groups in an appeal of a human rights board of inquiry decision involving discrimination against three Nova Scotians. National groups granted role in Nova Scotia disability rights case
  4. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 18, 2019): Several groups are seeking to appeal a Human Rights Board of Inquiry decision that found that people with intellectual disabilities face no systemic discrimination in terns of housing. Coalition seeks to appeal human rights decision on community living.
  5. GlobalNews (June 18, 2019): The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal will set dates for an appeal of a decision by the province’s human rights board of inquiry. Court to set appeal dates for finding of Nova Scotia human rights board inquiry
  6. Canada’s leading human rights decision publisher features the recent NS Human Rights Board of Inquiry decision in MacLean et al. in its current ‘Human Rights Digest’ and the editors have singled it out for its monthly View Point case comment: CHRR Human Rights Digest View Point April 2019

 

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Mission to Canada—including Nova Scotia

  1. At the conclusion of her mission to Canada, the UN’s expert on disability rights, Ms Catalina Devandas-Aguilar (Costa Rica), expresses ‘extreme concern’ concerning the failure of Canadian governments (incl. Nova Scotia) to ensure adequate community-based supports for persons with disabilities. She was also critical of the idea of making individual families file their own human rights complaint. (April 12, 2019): Canada needs to ensure systemic change for people with disabilities, says UN human rights expert

 

Reports of Panel Presentation and Open Letter

  1. The Coast, Halifax (April 11, 2019):  The time is yesterday for action on systemic warehousing of people with disabilities.
  2. CBC (April 9, 2019): Nova Scotia family fights for future of son with disabilities
  3. “…People become investments, not burdens.  Government is an enabler, not a caretaker.  Individuals are independent and self-reliant.  That shift in priorities will benefit all Nova Scotians and lead to a more prosperous and equal province.”
    The James McGregor Stewart Society (April 5, 2019): Envisioning the Elephant
  4. Chronicle Herald  (April 4, 2019): Letter urges province to address ‘human rights crisis’ for disabled
  5. The Star Halifax (April 4, 2019): https://www.thestar.com/halifax/2019/04/04/disability-advocates-want-ns-government-to-fix-to-broken-housing-system.html
  6. CTV (April 4, 2019): https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/get-people-with-disabilities-out-of-institutions-rights-groups-tell-nova-scotia-1.4366070
  7. CBC (April 4, 2019): https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/disability-community-living-access-services-government-1.5084545
  8. Global News (April 4, 2019): https://globalnews.ca/news/5130721/disability-rights


Commentary on the Board of Inquiry Decision

  1. Here is a powerful piece by Cynthia Bruce on Ableism and the HR decision (March 17, 2019): https://nsadvocate.org/2019/03/17/cynthia-bruce-disrupting-the-pervasive-presence-of-ableism-in-nova-scotia/
  2. Chronicle Herald (March 12, 2019): “VIBERT: Province has moral obligation to disabled.” https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/columnists/vibert-province-has-moral-obligation-to-disabled-291610/
  3. CBC Radio Information Morning interview with two Ryerson academics discussing ‘ableism’ which is at the core of the recent Human Rights case (March 11, 2019): https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/information-morning-ns/segment/15676930
  4. Chronicle Herald (March 11, 2019): “EDITORIAL: Disgraceful treatment of mentally disabled hospital residents” https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/editorials/editorial-disgraceful-treatment-of-mentally-disabled-hospital-residents-291005/
  5. Nova Scotia Advocate (March 7 2019): “NS Human Rights Board Ruling of Discrimination in Warehousing Case Disappointing” https://nsadvocate.org/2019/03/07/human-rights-board-ruling-of-discrimination-against-province-in-warehousing-case-disappointing/
  6. Contrarian (March 4 2019): “Human Rights Board Chair Walter Thompson slams the door on 1,500 intellectually challenged Nova Scotians”
    https://contrarian.ca/2019/03/04/human-rights-commissioner-walter-thompson-slams-the-door-on-1500-intellectually-challenged-nova-scotians/

 

The Phase One Decision

  1. CBC News (March 4 2019): “N.S. Human Rights Board Rules Province Discriminated Against 3 Adults With Disabilities” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/disability-human-rights-board-beth-maclean-sheila-livingstone-joey-delaney-1.5042441
  2. Global News (March 4 2019): “N.S. Inquiry Finds That Hospital Violated Human Rights of People with Disabilities” https://globalnews.ca/news/5020229/human-rights-disabilities-violated/
  3. Chronicle Herald (February 22, 2019): “Opinion: Foot-Dragging on Housing Leaves Mentally Disabled in Confinement” https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/opinion-foot-dragging-on-housing-leaves-mentally-disabled-in-confinement-286840/

2018 Media Hits

Beginning of the Phase One of the Hearing

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (February 3, 2018): “News Release: Human Rights Hearing Begins about province’s provision of supportive housing for people with disabilities” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/02/03/news-release-human-rights-hearing-begins-about-provinces-provision-of-supportive-housing-for-people-with-disabilities/
  2. Globe and Mail online (February 4, 2018): “Nova Scotia Human Rights Case Seeks to Establish Right to Supported Housing for People with Disabilities.” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nova-scotia-human-rights-case-seeks-to-establish-right-to-supported-housing-for-people-with-disabilities/article37847947/
  3. CTV News (February 4, 2018): “Disabled Deserve a Right to Supported Homes, N.S. Case Argues” https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/disabled-deserve-a-right-to-supported-homes-n-s-case-argues-1.3788972

 

Opening Arguments for Phase One of the Hearing

  1. CBC News online (February 5, 2018): “Nova Scotia argues that supported housing for disabled is not a right” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/disabled-institutions-community-care-human-rights-1.4520610
  2. CBC Radio (February 6, 2018): “People with Disabilities Have a Right to live in the community, not institutions, argues lawyer” http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-february-6-2018-1.4522000/people-with-disabilities-have-a-right-to-live-in-the-community-not-institutions-argues-lawyer-1.4522928
  3. The Signal, (February 6, 2018): “Human Rights Case Argues for Community Living, Not Institutions” http://signalhfx.ca/human-rights-case-argues-for-community-living-not-institutions/
  4. Halifax Examiner (February 6, 2018): “Needlessly Institutionalized” https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/province-house/needlessly-institutionalized/

 

Evidence from Dr. Michael Bach, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. Global News Halifax (February 13, 2018): “Evidence Underway in Nova Scotia Human Rights Inquiry” https://globalnews.ca/video/4023842/evidence-underway-in-nova-scotia-human-rights-inquiry
  2. Toronto City News (February 13, 2018): “N.S. System for People with Disabilities Had Dark Roots, Expert Tells Inquiry” http://toronto.citynews.ca/2018/02/13/unique-human-rights-looks-at-rights-of-disabled-people-and-where-they-live/
  3. CTV News Online (February 13, 2018): “Unique Human Rights Looks at Rights of Disabled People and Where they Live” https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/unique-human-rights-looks-at-rights-of-disabled-people-and-where-they-live-1.3801121
  4. The Signal (February 14, 2018): “Expert Testifies in Disability Human Rights Hearing” http://signalhfx.ca/expert-testifies-in-disability-human-rights-hearing/

 

Evidence from Jo-Anne Pushie, Witness for the Individual Complainants

  1. CBC News Online (February 14, 2018): “Report Warned of Rights of N.S. People with Disabilities ‘Verging’ on Violation” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/report-warned-rights-of-n-s-people-with-disabilities-verging-on-violation-1.4536022
  2. The Signal (February 16, 2018): “Former Institutional Worker ‘Astonished’ by Wait Time for Social Homes” http://signalhfx.ca/former-institutional-worker-astonished-by-wait-time-for-social-homes/
  3. CBC News Online (February 19, 2018): “Apology Sought for ‘Disturbing’ Confinement of People with Disabilities” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-disabilities-housing-apology-calls-1.4542033
  4. CBC News Online (February 20, 2018) “Woman with disabilities remained in hospital 15 years as reports called for exit” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/human-rights-case-disabilities-beth-maclean-halifax-1.4543529
  5. Toronto Star (February 20, 2018): “Nova Scotia Human Rights Inquiry Hears Lack of Supported Housing Led to 15-year Hospital Stay for Woman With Disabilities” https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/02/20/nova-scotia-human-rights-inquiry-hears-lack-of-supported-housing-led-to-15-year-hospital-stay-for-woman-with-disabilities.html
  6. Truro News (February 21, 2018): “Vibert: Basic Rights for Intellectually Challenged Seems Like a No-Brainer” https://www.trurodaily.com/opinion/columnists/vibert-basic-rights-for-intellectually-challenged-seems-a-no-brainer-187779/

 

Evidence from Beth MacLean, Tammy Delaney, Olga Cain witnesses for the Individual Complainants

  1. CBC News Online (March 6, 2018): “N.S. Woman with Intellectual Disability Recounts Quest for Release from Hospital” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/beth-maclean-human-rights-inquiry-1.4564526

 

Evidence from Nicole Robinson, Witness for the Individual Complainants

  1. Toronto Star Online (March 8, 2018): “People with Disabilities lose hope, skills in psychiatric hospital: Nova Scotia Therapist” https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/03/08/people-with-disabilities-lose-hope-skills-in-psychiatric-hospital-nova-scotia-therapist.html

 

Evidence from Jim Fagan, Witness for the Individual Complainants

  1. CBC News Online (March 12, 2018): “N.S. Woman’s Move to Adult Facility Required Ministerial Approval, Inquiry told” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/emerald-hall-inquiry-march12-1.4573102
  2. CBC News Online (March 13, 2018): “Community Homes Coming for Complainants in Human Rights Inquiry” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/right-to-home-inquiry-march13-1.4572379

 

Evidence from Jim Fagan and Dr. Mutiat Sulyman, Witnesses for the Individual Complainants

  1. Toronto City News (March 13, 2018): “N.S. to House People With Disabilities Who Fought for Release From the Hospital” http://toronto.citynews.ca/2018/03/13/n-s-to-house-people-with-disabilities-who-fought-for-release-from-hospital/

 

Evidence from Dr. Dorothy Griffiths, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. CBC News Online (March 23, 2018): “Expert Who Warned of ‘Incarcerating’ People with Disabilities Speaks at Inquiry” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/expert-who-warned-of-incarcerating-people-with-disabilities-speaks-1.4589480

 

Evidence from Dr. Catherine Frazee, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. Global News (June 4, 2018): “Nova Scotia ‘Austerity’ Left People with Disabilities Without Housing, Inquiry Told” https://globalnews.ca/news/4251091/nova-scotia-disabilities-hearing/
  2. Toronto City News (June 4, 2018): “‘Ableist’ Bias Left People with Disabilities Without Housing, N.S. Inquiry Told” https://toronto.citynews.ca/2018/06/04/austerity-left-people-with-disabilities-without-housing-n-s-inquiry-told/
  3. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 4, 2018): “Ableism and Austerity Behind Nova Scotia’s Shortage of Community Living Options, Human Rights Inquiry Told” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/06/04/ableism-and-austerity-behind-nova-scotias-shortage-of-community-living-options-human-rights-inquiry-told/

 

Evidence from Patryk Simon, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. CBC News Online (June 5, 2018): “Patients Ready for Release Kept at N.S. Psychiatric Hospital for Years, Hearing Told” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/patients-institutionalised-intellectual-disabilities-1.4692147
  2. 680 News (June 5, 2018): “Patients Stuck at Halifax Forensic Hospital for Years, Rights Inquiry Told” https://www.680news.com/2018/06/05/patients-stuck-at-halifax-forensic-hospital-for-years-rights-inquiry-told/
  3. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 5, 2018): “Many Stuck at East Coast Forensic Hospital for Years Because of Lack of Housing Supports, Human Rights Enquiry Hears” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/06/05/many-stuck-at-east-coast-forensic-hospital-for-years-because-of-lack-of-housing-supports-human-rights-enquiry-hears/

 

Evidence from Carol Ann Brennan and Jennifer MacDonald, Witnesses for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 6, 2018): “Residents of Psychiatric Ward Could Have Come Home, Human Rights Enquiry Told” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/06/06/residents-of-psychiatric-ward-could-have-come-home-human-rights-enquiry-hears/

 

Evidence from Brenda Hardiman, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. CTV News Online (June 7, 2018): “Mom Says Nova Scotia is Failing People with Disabilities” https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/mom-says-nova-scotia-is-failing-people-with-disabilities-1.3964352

 

Evidence from Brenda Hardiman, Leslie Lowther, and Wendy Lill, Witnesses for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 8, 2018): “ ‘Quest is a Warehouse, I Stand By That,’ Parent Tells Human Rights Enquiry” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/06/08/quest-is-a-warehouse-i-stand-by-that-parent-tells-human-rights-enquiry/

 

Evidence from Richard Rector, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. CBC News Online (June 12, 2018): “N.S. Man Shares Testimony of ‘Hellish’ Time in Institutionalized Care Facility” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/quest-human-rights-board-of-inquiry-1.4702598

 

Evidence from Barb Horner, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. CBC News Online (June 13, 2018): “Mother Tells Inquiry About Disabled Daughter’s 5 Year Wait for a Home” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mother-tells-inquiry-about-disabled-daughter-s-5-year-wait-1.4704982

 

Evidence from Louise Bradley, Witness for the Disability Rights Coalition

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 14, 2018): “It is Really About Basic Dignity and Respect-Louise Bradley about Mental Health Care and Living in Institutions” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/06/14/it-is-really-about-basic-dignity-and-respect-louise-bradley-on-mental-health-care-and-living-in-institutions/

 

Evidence from Denise MacDonald-Billard, Witness for the Province

  1. CTV News Online (June 18, 2018): “No Safe House for N.S. Woman with Intellectual Disability, Witness Tells Inquiry” https://www.thestar.com/halifax/2018/06/18/woman-with-disabilities-kept-in-halifax-hospital-for-years-human-rights-inquiry-hears.html

 

Evidence from Neil MacDonald and Patricia Murray, Witnesses for the Province

  1. Global News (June 19, 2018): “N.S. Housing Wait Also Long for Poor Without Disabilities, Witness Testifies” https://globalnews.ca/news/4283050/n-s-housing-disabilities/

 

Evidence from Patricia Murray, Witness for the Province

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 21, 2018): “Community Services Made No Real Efforts to Find Emerald Hall Resident Joey Delaney a Suitable Home, Testimony at Human Rights Enquiry Reveals” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/06/21/community-services-made-no-real-efforts-to-find-emerald-hall-resident-joey-delaney-a-suitable-home-testimony-at-human-rights-enquiry-reveals/

 

Evidence of Betty Rich, Witness for the Province

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (August 7, 2018): “Quest is Best Place for My Son, Mother Testifies at Human Rights Enquiry” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/08/07/quest-is-best-mother-testifies-at-human-rights-enquiry/
  1. CBC News Online (August 7, 2018): “‘Community Living is Not for Everyone’ Mother Tells Human Rights Hearing” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/mom-of-man-with-disability-larger-pro-facility-residences-1.4776419

 

Evidence from Deputy Minister Lynn Hartwell, Witness for the Province

  1. CBC News Online (August 9, 2018) “Deputy Minister Defends Slow Pace of Program Changes for People with Disabilities” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/human-rights-hearing-institutional-housing-people-with-disabilities-1.4779200
  2. Nova Scotia Advocate (August 9, 2018): “Little Tangible Progress on Disability Roadmap, Deputy Minister’s Responses at Human Rights Enquiry Suggest” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/08/09/little-tangible-progress-on-disability-roadmap-deputy-ministers-responses-at-human-rights-enquiry-suggest/
  3. Nova Scotia Advocate (August 13, 2018): “Human Rights Enquiry on Community Living: Austerity by Any Other Name” https://nsadvocate.org/2018/08/13/human-rights-enquiry-on-community-living-austerity-by-any-other-name/

 

Phase One Closing Arguments

  1. Global News (October 30, 2018): “Closing Arguments Heard at N.S. Inquiry As People With Disabilities Allege Housing Discrimination” https://globalnews.ca/news/4610383/closing-arguments-housing-inquiry/
  2. Chronicle Herald (October 30, 2018): “Nova Scotia Discriminated Against People with Disabilities, Rights Hearing Told” https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/regional/nova-scotia-discriminated-against-people-with-disabilities-rights-hearing-told-254897/
  3. CTV News Atlantic (October 30, 2018) “Nova Scotia Discriminated Against People with Disabilities, Rights Hearing Told” https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/nova-scotia-discriminated-against-people-with-disabilities-rights-hearing-told-1.4155450

2017 Media Hit

Regarding the Delay in the Complaint Reaching a Hearing

  1. Nova Scotia Advocate (June 1, 2017): “Community Services Dragging Its Feet in Emerald Hall Human Rights Case, Says Community Living Advocate” https://nsadvocate.org/2017/06/01/community-services-dragging-its-feet-in-emerald-hall-human-rights-case-says-community-living-advocate/

2016 Media Hit

Coverage of Lengthy Institutionalization of Man on Emerald Hall in the Nova Scotia Hospital

  1. CBC News online (January 19, 2016): “Mom pushes for more help for son living at Nova Scotia Hospital”, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/matthew-meisner-nova-scotia-hospital-autism-1.3382476

2015 Media Hits

The Referral of the Complaint to a Board of Inquiry

  1. CBC News online (December 5, 2014): “Elizabeth Fry says Nova Scotia failing people with mental illness: 3 people living in institutions filed a human rights complaint” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/elizabeth-fry-says-nova-scotia-failing-people-with-mental-illness-1.2861447
  2. CBC News (March 4 2019): “N.S. Human Rights Board Rules Province Discriminated Against 3 Adults With Disabilities” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/disability-human-rights-board-beth-maclean-sheila-livingstone-joey-delaney-1.5042441
  3. CBC Radio (May 15) “Nova Scotians with Mental Disabilities Focus of Human Rights Inquiry” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotians-with-mental-disabilities-focus-of-human-rights-inquiry-1.3076380
  4. Halifax Media Co-op: (May 20): http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/locked-no-reason/33569

2014 Media Hits

The Filing of the Complaint

  1. Global News (includes video of media conference and interview with Beth) (Feb 24): http://globalnews.ca/news/1169541/human-rights-complaint-filed-on-behalf-of-people-with-disabilities/
  2. Subsequent web site/blog re-posts: http://diversitynowbyegloballearning.blogspot.com/2014/02/human-rights-complaint-filed-on-behalf.html