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George Pearson Centre Is The Problem, Not The Solution–Updated

GEORGE PEARSON CENTRE IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION

By Paul Caune and Victor Schwartzman

George Pearson Centre residents on their “home”: ” The building is old and one problem crops up after another. Residents share bedrooms and bathrooms and few get any privacy — imagine having 30 roommates! It’s designed and run like a hospital — acute care style…which as you can imagine doesn’t merge well with basic human desires for independence, privacy and home.” –April 19, 2013 http://www.pearsonresidents.org/uncategorized/announcement

Life in GPC

Imagine living for the rest of your life where the government decides when you’ll have a bowel movement, watches you 24 hours a day and intimidates you into silence. This is life in 2012 for residents of the George Pearson Centre (GPC) http...

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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.

DISABILITY AND THE STATE

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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Civil Rights Now! speech to April 30 Medicare For Autism Now! Advocacy Workshop

Medicare For Autism Now! is teaching you today the hard-won lesson, that to be effective advocates for your children, you must act with clarity, focus and persistence.

This is what I’ve learned advocating for myself:

Rule # 1: Don’t Be A Victim.

Rule # 2: Hope Is Not A Plan.

Rule # 3: Never Take “No” For An Answer.

In addition, the government will respond to your advocacy with the Five D’s, “D” as in dog.

Deny;

Delay;

Divide;

Discredit the opponent (that’s the public);

Until they are Demoralized and give in or give up.

I was born with a disease which melts my muscles. This caused me to use a wheel-chair when I was in my mid-20s. I moved from my parents’ house, into a group home, in my community, when I was 29 years old. 

I lived in that group home, until I was forced to leave it...

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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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Why have BC voters with disabilities failed to shape public policy?

Why have BC voters with disabilities failed to shape public policy in their own province? This blog from Disability Rights Ireland gives an eerily similar description of the real barriers to effective citizenship for BC people with disabilities. Look in the mirror, cast a cold eye on the Best Place on Earth and share with friends!

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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.

PART TWO

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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Bev & Allison’s Story Part 1

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.

PART ONE

In 1994 Bev Sharpe gave birth a girl. Allison was a welcome addition to Bev’s family. At the age of eighteen months Bev was overjoyed to hear her daughter say the word “mama” for the first time but that joy soon turned to concern when Allison did not say it again...

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Minutes of Nov 10, 2010 Civil Rights Now! meeting

Board Members

Paul Caune, Executive Director

Beverly Sharpe, Treasurer

Jean Lewis

David Marley

Volunteers

Gary Xia –Has attended several events.  Has helped set up several meetings.

Heather McCain – Is organizing a meeting in Maple Ridge.  Is interviewing persons with disabilities to provide a human face to the issues facing residents of British Columbia.

Matthew Thomas – has helped set up meetings.

Oliver Lewis – has helped set up meetings.

A New Name for the Paladin Advocacy League

Our organization was formerly named the Paladin Advocacy League and was known as PAL.  Unfortunately, another, unrelated group uses the name PAL.  We have renamed our group Civil Rights Now!.  We are not a support group or advocacy group for individuals.  Our goals remain the same...

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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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BRITISH COLUMBIA’S HALL OF SHAME: the real life of voters with disabilities in Super.Natural.BC

“Only by judging the actions of their elites can Canadians judge themselves and measure what might be done. This idea of judging our leaders, except in the context of periodic elections, has a frightening Jacobin echo about it to the ears of those of authority. They find it unfairly personalized. But one of the central forces of history is that of judgment, leading to action, followed by the effect of those acted upon…Inaction by real people in positions of power in a real time of need is a form of action. It is a choice. Each one of these individuals has a name, a family, a career, a pension. Increasingly over the last three decades the idea of professionalism and of managerial structure has meant that they do not have names, are not seen or heard as individuals, are not personally ac...

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