McMaster PhD candidate says McMaster failed to provide reasonable accommodation for his cognitive disability
“On Friday, July 19 2013 the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will begin hearing the disability discrimination claim brought against McMaster University by former PhD student, Jason Tang.” ARCH
The demonstrable failure of McMaster is to stand their ground and not allow Mr. Tang a reasonable accommodation required by law.
McMaster had several opportunities along the way to mediate this dispute.
The second failure of the Canadian Human Rights system is that Mr. Tang has to sue the university on his own without government support. Continue reading
The past two weeks has seen the PEI Health Minister clutching at the pain-killer abuse story with the local media parroting his words
According to PEI’s Minister of Health and the local media, Prince Edward Island has a “painkiller epidemic” but it just ain’t so.
We do know is that if the Province makes it harder to get prescription pain killers PEI’s 25,000 persons living with disabilities will suffer. Pain is the one of the most significant problems for the disabled. Continue reading
Health PEI is starting a smoke screen war on narcotics to divert public attention from closing rural hospitals – the Minister and his Deputy tell two different stories
The announced get-tough stance on prescription of pain killers appears to be a smoke screen to divert attention from hospital closings. It is a phony shadow war at best.
Health Canada reports pain-killer use is dropping across Canada. PEI is on par with the national average.
Where is this “dramatic increase” reported by the Minister, CBC and the Charlottetown Guardian? Continue reading
Prince Edward Island’s plans to further restrict legal prescriptions of pain killers will harm the long-term disabled and terminally ill.
The new legislation will limit legal prescriptions for those suffering chronic pain in the terminal stages of life.
Using data from PEI’s maligned health information system, PEI’s Minister of Health plans to limit pain medication for PEI’s 25,000 disabled.
Narcotic pain killers are already highly regulated in Canada and access for people with chronic pain and disabilities can be difficult. New regulations are a likely a smokescreen of other changes in the PEI healthcare system. Continue reading
Without legal aid, people with cognitive and learning disabilities cannot cope with the demands of the law
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.”
Confrontational Canadian system makes people with disabilities fight for their human rights in court
It took Jeffery Moore 20 years to get special educational funding that he needed in elementary school.
By the time his case was decided by the Supreme Court of Canada (Moore v. British Columbia (Education), 2012 SCC 61), Jeffery graduated high school and was employed as a plumber. Continue reading
Republicans block treaty citing abortion and home schooling as issues, despite veteran Bob Dole on floor
Live Leak- Republican Senators on Tuesday voted to block a United Nations treaty that would have helped to protect disabled Americans — including veterans — while they are in foreign countries.
Thirty-eight Republicans voted no, giving them five votes more than necessary to defeat the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty, 61 to 38. Continue reading
Failure of the school district to meet needs of a student with a disability was discriminatory
By Robert Lattanzio and Laurie Letheren, ARCH Staff Lawyers
On November 9, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision today in Moore v. British Columbia (Education). This decision will be extremely important to students with
disabilities in the general education system. Continue reading
Canadians with disabilities have lower incomes, less likely to finish university or have a full-time job
When compared to other adults, adults with disabilities:
are half as likely to get a university degree, more likely to settle for part-time work and have lower annual incomes.
A new study by the Canadian Human Rights Commission paints a bleak picture of how well those with disabilities fare in Canada. Continue reading