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.
More than 60 groups and individuals representing tens of thousands of Nova Scotians are collectively calling on Premier Tim Houston to drop his appeal of a human rights ruling that found the province systemically discriminates against all Nova Scotians with disabilities. (photo: Ryan Taplin)
Promises were made by Nova Scotia governments since 2013 that they would close institutions and provide community-based living supports for persons with disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder by 2023 but the reality is the progress has been too slow!
Vicky Levack with the Disability Rights Coalition in Nova Scotia says she feels deceived after learning no political party can commit to the targets of a 10-year plan to transform housing and care for people with intellectual disabilities.
We were mentioned in today’s Nova Scotia Advocate article calling on people to sign the open letter or institutionalized persons to file their own Human Rights Complaint: https://nsadvocate.org/2019/03/26/after-partial-win-in-human-rights-case-coalition-wants-affected-people-to-file-human-rights-complaints/ What you can do: https://www.disabilityrightscoalitionns.ca/2019/03/22/what-can-you-do/