Disability Rights tagged posts


What’s the problem?

Disabled residents of British Columbia are vulnerable to a provision of community or institutional care that falls below a generally acceptable standard, a situation that does not allow them to live with confidence in safety, with freedom and dignity. The main reason for this is the excessive amount of discretion available to government and contractors respecting the services provided to disabled people. Currently, no legislation exists which guarantees an appropriate and reasonable standard of care.

Our proposed remedy:

Two statutes: the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act, and the Civil Rights of Persons in Community Care Act.


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 The Community Care (Direct Payments) Act will provide access to portable, individualized funding for all disabled people, at ...

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Civil Rights Now! July 7, 2011 presentation at Kwantlen

This is a presentation Civil Rights Now! made at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia at the invitation of Kwantlen instructor Fiona Whittington-Walsh. Thank you Fiona.


In his delightful book Bad Medicine: Doctors Doing Harm Since Hippocrates David Wotton demonstrated that for 2,000 years doctors trained in a tradition starting in Ancient Greece  not only caused more harm than good to their patients, but seemed unaware that they were doing more harm than good. For 2,000 years the only therapy Western doctors gave patients was to bleed them or give them drugs that made them puke or gave them diarrhea...

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The on-going bullying & neglect at George Pearson Centre

Please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeduY3UFNMA and fast forward to 4:33 and watch to 10:03 to see current residents of Vancouver Coastal Health’s George Pearson Centre describe being bullied and neglected by Pearson’s staff.
As Civil Rights Now! demonstrated here http://civilrightsnow.ca/2010/10/george-pearson-centre-isnt-a-prison-says-bcgeu-bs-says-the-evidence/ the residents of Pearson have been bullied and neglected by its staff for decades and Vancouver Coastal Health and its predecessors have most of the time taken the side of the bullies.
Obviously the residents of Pearson are not citizens of a free and democratic society.
This is what Civil Rights Now is fighting to stop.
Please forward this post to your networks.

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Civil Rights Now! May 3 presentation to Coquitlam Universal Access Ability Advisory Committee

Civil Rights Now! is a volunteer, non-partisan, not-for-profit society with a single  purpose:

To get laws passed that give Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms real force and effect in the lives of BC voters with disabilities.

Section 15 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms proclaims:

Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on … mental or physical disability.

This right is “subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

For most of the history of British Columbia, our legislators decided in the event citizens are born or become disabled they...

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The BC gov must force school districts to educate children with autism

None of the four news reports we’ve read about a six-year old Langley child with autism “ousted” from Topham Elementary  in the Langley School District in BC (see the stories here  here here & here) mention the most  important thing about this story: the Langley School district appears to be denying six-year oldHunter Patterson equal benefit and protection from the law in violation of the legal precedent set by Madame Justice Koenigsberg in  the 2006 BC Hewko decision (which was not appealed) See the Hewko decision here

Here are some relevant excerpts from the Hewko decision:

“Ms. Kennedy [a representative of the BC Ministry of Education] was asked [under oath] whether any effort was undertaken by the Ministry of Education in response to these concerns [see below]...

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“He did not dare complain while at George Pearson for fear that those who took care of him would make it worse. That’s an unspoken understanding all patients realize very soon.”



TO: Shannon Berg, Executive Director, Home and Community Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority & CRCWG

RE: Resident and Family Workshops Community Engagement Report


Dear Ms Berg:

In your April 6, 2011 letter to Family and Resident Workshop Participants of which I was one you stated:

“The feedback you have contributed will be used by the Complex Residential Care Working Group (CRCWG) to inform improvements to how residents and family voice is gathered, heard and utilized to improve the quality of life and care for residents in facilities. In the next 2 months the CRCWG will use your feedback and recommendations to work with facilities to implement and enhance resident and family involvement within facilities.”

After analyzing the Resident and Family Workshops Com...

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Civil Rights Now! is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, not for profit society with a single goal:

To get laws passed that gives Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms real force in the daily lives of BC voters with disabilities.

What do British Columbian voters with disabilities need to get equal benefit and protection from the law in their daily lives?

Law which gives British Columbian voters with disabilities the golden rule and a good lawyer.

Whoever controls the gold makes the rules. If British Columbian voters with disabilities controlled the government dollars allocated to support them they would get the services they need to live in freedom and dignity...

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Bev & Allison’s Story Part 2

Civil Rights Now! has gathered stories of the real lives of BC voters and children with disabilities and their families. Today we will start posting the stories. They are evidence that BC is not the Best Place on Earth for Canadian citizens with disabilities and their families. If you want to share your story with the readers of Civil Rights Now’s website please contact us civilrightsnow@yahoo.ca

Our first story is that of Civil Rights Now! Board member Beverly Sharpe and her daughter Allison.


Bev was frustrated by the lack of assistance by the pathologist and therapist but she knew she had to focus on what could be done for Allison starting at that point. She went to meet Jean Lewis...

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Civil Rights Now! speech at Dec10 CLAS Forum on UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Can the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ,which Canada ratified with the support of all the provinces a day before the start of the 2010 Winter Paralympics,  force our governments, Health Authorities, businesses, School Boards, service providers and unions to stop delivering services BC voters with disabilities need to survive only in a way which takes away these voters’ freedom and dignity?

Can the Convention force our governments, Health Authorities, businesses, School Boards, service providers and unions to stop delivering services BC voters with disabilities need to survive only in places that put these voters’ health and safety at risk?

Can the Convention force our governments, Health Authorities, businesses, School Boards, service providers and unions t...

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Paul Caune’s closing remarks of Nov 10 Civil Rights Now! meeting

At our last meeting I stated why we will be successful in getting our three ideas put into law by no later than 2015.

 One could say we’re going to win the Stanley Cup in 2015. I’m sure you know that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win. Stanley Cups are won not by a single player but by a great team. We are recruiting a Stanley Cup winning team.

There is one absolutely essential element of a hockey team that wins it the Stanley Cup. Without this essential element, regardless of the skills of the individual players, a team will not win. It’s the right mental attitude.

What is the right mental attitude?

One of the clichés about Canadians is that we are “nice”...

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