On June 30th Vicky Levack was presented with the 2022 James MacGregor Stewart Award for her leadership as an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities. See the videos of the presentation and her comments here.
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.
There has been much confusion over the past week over what the rules are for people living in long-term care facilities. This has made it very hard for residents to plan for the holiday season. But today (Dec 22nd ) at 6:00am, we were told that we are not allowed to leave the building except for medical appointments.
The Nova Scotia government plans to appeal a recent court decision that found there was discrimination against three people with mental and physical disabilities who had sought improved services and housing in the community.
“I just don’t think anybody should have to take their government to court to get their government to do the right thing,” Premier Tim Houston told a news conference on Thursday.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021: The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (NSCA) released its ruling today which overturned a human rights board of inquiry decision and made a finding of systemic discrimination against the Province based on its treatment of persons with disabilities in need of supports and services to live in community.
JIM VIBERT: Discrimination against disabled systemic in Nova Scotia — and those who fought it heroic
It’s systemic discrimination, plain and simple. So said the highest court in the province this week in a detailed 113-page ruling that’s a victory for people with intellectual disabilities, their families and their advocates.
Saltwire, Dulcie McCallum: Will the landmark decision from the Court of Appeal herald a new beginning for people with disabilities in Nova Scotia?
Toronto Star- A Nova Scotia advocacy group for people with disabilities says its landmark court victory is an opportunity to compel reforms and funding that will improve their lives after decades of mistreatment.
In a landmark decision this week, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal found that there is systemic discrimination against people with disabilities in this province, which prevents them from living and participating in the community. Claire McNeil is a lawyer for the Disability Rights Coalition. Aired: Oct. 8, 2021