A human rights complaint involving the P.E.I. legislative assembly’s press gallery has made its way to the courts after the defendants filed an application for a judicial review.
Wayne Thibodeau, Charlottetown Guardian reporter, named in Human Rights complaint for discrimination on the basis of association, physical or intellectual disability, and source of income. (Facebook photo)
Charlottetown Guardian – In 2010, Stephen Pate filed a complaint with the P.E.I. Human Rights Commission alleging members of the P.E.I. legislative assembly press gallery discriminated against him because of his disability.
Guardian reporters Wayne Thibodeau and Teresa Wright were also named in the complaint, along with CBC producer Donna Allen, who were all members of the press gallery.
They denied the allegations of discrimination.
The application for a judicial review was filed April 29 after P.E.I. Human Rights Commission chair Anne Nicholson overturned an earlier decision to dismiss the complaint. Continue reading →
Without legal aid, people with cognitive and learning disabilities cannot cope with the demands of the law
Maria was busking to earn bus fare back to Vancouver. She told a long and convoluted tale, a tortured story of mental illness, homelessness and rejection. (Photo Eric Parker Flickr Creative Commons)
Canadians with cognitive and learning disabilities are falling through the cracks of Canada’s legal system.
They often lack the skills to deal with details like court dates, the demands for clear thinking and the pace of the courts.
Unless they get legal aid, those living with mental disabilities are not being treated fairly by the Courts or the Human Rights system that are supposed to protect them.
“Individuals who live with cognitive and perceptual impairments need more time to understand what they are facing, what their options are and how to respond,” said Toronto lawyer Sarah Shartal. (Toronto Star)
“Informed consent or informed participation takes talk…it takes time to explain things to people who have difficulty thinking clearly.”
Say a prayer for the recovery of former President Bush who cared enough for Americans with disabilities to pass the ADA
Former US Presidents George W. and George H Bush, champions of human rights for Americans with disabilities (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua D. Sheppard/Released)
Former US President George H. Bush was admitted to intensive care tonight battling a fever.
The 88-year-old Bush has been place on liquids but is said to be improving.
Concerned people might say a prayer for President Bush who championed human right for people with disabilities.
George H. Bush sponsored the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to give those living with disabilities a place in American society.
“Today’s legislation brings us closer to that day when no Americans will ever again be deprived of their basic guarantees of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said the President in 1990. Continue reading →