Category Archives: Social Programs

Substance Abuse PEI 2011

PEI’s hysterical pain-killer epidemic

The past two weeks has seen the PEI Health Minister clutching at the pain-killer abuse story with the local media parroting his words

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Substance abuse on PEI – alcohol tops the list with marijuana 2nd and all other illicit drugs a distant 3rd

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

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Health Minister and Deputy disagree on PEI’s new war on pain killers

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

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Health Minister Doug Currie and Deputy Dr. Michael Mayne – two versions of “War on Pain Killers” – a smokescreen?

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

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PEI Narcotics Regulations Attack Disabled and Dying

Prince Edward Island’s plans to further restrict legal prescriptions of pain killers will harm the long-term disabled and terminally ill.

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PEI Health Minister Doug Currie promoting new regulations that will harm people with disabilities

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

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)

How the mentally disabled are lost in the legal system

Without legal aid, people with cognitive and learning disabilities cannot cope with the demands of the law

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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.”

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Jeff Moore needed special education which was his right says Supreme Court(photo CBC)

Justice Denied for People With Disabilities

Confrontational Canadian system makes people with disabilities fight for their human rights in court

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Jeff Moore needed special education which was his right says Supreme Court (CBC photo)

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

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with disabilities on the Senate floor in a wheelchair

US Senate Blocks Disability Treaty

Republicans block treaty citing abortion and home schooling as issues, despite veteran Bob Dole on floor

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) with disabilities on the Senate floor in a wheelchair

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

Supreme Court of Canada decides education for children with disabilities is a right (photo Jason Rowe, Flickr Creative Commons)

Supreme Court Confirms Duties of School Board to Students with Disabilities

Failure of the school district to meet needs of a student with a disability was discriminatory

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Supreme Court of Canada decides education for children with disabilities is a right (photo Jason Rowe, Flickr Creative Commons)

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