New Brunswick releases guidelines to help employers accommodate staff with addictions

New Brunswick releases guidelines to help employers accommodate staff with addictions

The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission has released new guidelines to help employers meet their legal obligations to accommodate staff struggling with addiction. The province says the new guidelines on cannabis, alcohol and drug addictions are based on both case law and New Brunswick’s Human Rights Act. READ MORE: A look at the addiction and mental […]

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B.C. government announces funding to bolster inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities

B.C. government announces funding to bolster inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities

The provincial government marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by announcing $500,000 in funding for projects that support accessibility and inclusivity. Sixteen non-profit organizations across B.C will receive grants of up to $40,000, Social Development Minister Shane Simpson said Monday. Money will be distributed through Disability Alliance BC. READ MORE: Disabled advocates applaud Vancouver’s proposal […]

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Wife’s MS has Alberta MP urging more support for people with episodic disabilities

Wife’s MS has Alberta MP urging more support for people with episodic disabilities

Conservative MP David Yurdiga says people suffering from disabilities that worsen and ease, like his wife and daughter, are not treated fairly under Canadian law and he wants to change that. Yurdiga said support for people with disabilities insists that they declare whether they can work or not — it’s a “binary switch.” There’s no […]

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Ontario unveils social assistance reforms, including change to definition of disability

Ontario unveils social assistance reforms, including change to definition of disability

TORONTO — The Ontario government is bringing in changes to social assistance that critics say will make it harder for people to qualify for disability support. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod says the province will align its definition of disability with the federal government’s as part of its overhaul of social assistance. Ottawa does not […]

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Alberta wants to boost support payments for those with disabilities and low-incomes

Alberta wants to boost support payments for those with disabilities and low-incomes

Alberta is proposing to increase help for those with disabilities and low-income earners while tying future hikes to keep pace with inflation. The changes introduced in the legislature would help about 250,000 Alberta residents, including seniors and those who receive benefits under the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program, also known as AISH. READ […]

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‘We feel like we’re the forgotten population’: N.S. disability advocate calls for dedicated care homes – Halifax

‘We feel like we’re the forgotten population’: N.S. disability advocate calls for dedicated care homes - Halifax

Joanne Larade has lived in the same long-term care home for four years, and while she says the staff are well-trained, friendly and helpful, each day is a challenge. “I have more in common with the staff of course, because they’re my age,” she explained. Joanne is disabled and requires assistance to live her life. […]

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Parliament unanimously approves plan to stop leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada – National

Parliament unanimously approves plan to stop leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada - National

An NDP plan to end the practice of leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) was unanimously approved by the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon, just five days before Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Proposed Monday and voted on Tuesday, the NDP motion says the […]

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Halifax advocate wheels down Robie Street to highlight accessibility issues – Halifax

Halifax advocate wheels down Robie Street to highlight accessibility issues - Halifax

In ancient Greek mythology, Odysseus traveled for ten years to return home after the fall of Troy. On Wednesday, Brian George ended a different sort of odyssey with a seven-kilometre trek down one of Halifax’s longest and busiest streets. “I’m starting here at the corner of Robie and Gainsborough and I’m wheeling all the way […]

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Closing arguments heard at N.S. inquiry as people with disabilities allege housing discrimination

Closing arguments heard at N.S. inquiry as people with disabilities allege housing discrimination

A lengthy inquiry which is considering whether the Nova Scotia government violated human rights by housing people with disabilities in a hospital for over a decade is hearing closing arguments Tuesday. Beth MacLean and Joseph Delaney have testified the Department of Community Services violated the province’s Human Rights Act by forcing them to remain at […]

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Nova Scotia announces plans to support accessibility law passed in 2017 – Halifax

Nova Scotia announces plans to support accessibility law passed in 2017 - Halifax

Nova Scotia has announced the next steps to reach its goal of making the province more accessible for those with disabilities by 2030. Justice Minister Mark Furey has released an implementation strategy for the province’s Accessibility Act, passed in April 2017. READ MORE: Human rights board of inquiry finds N.S. failed to enforce accessible bathroom regulation […]

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