On February 7, 2017, the Government of Canada announced the reinstatement and modernization of the Court Challenges Program (CCP). The CCP will combine the former Program and the Language Rights Support Program with a more streamlined approach. The Program will provide financial support to Canadians to access the courts for the litigation of precedent-setting test cases of national significance that help clarify certain constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights in Canada.
The CACL membership appointed three new members to the Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, December 2016. New board members represent diverse regions of Canada including New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. CACL and its membership welcomes Moira Wilson (NB), Vee Faira (NT), and Noah Papatsie (NU). We know you will make wonderful contributions in advancing inclusion in Canada!Stay tuned: We will be introducing other members of the CACL national Board of Directors soon.
Dianne Pothier, leading expert on constitutional law and a long-time champion of disability rights, passed away unexpectedly January 3rd 2017 at home in Halifax, NS. The following is a letter to the Community Living movement and its allies from CACL EVP Michael Bach. It is with such a profound sense of loss and sadness that I share the news of the sudden and unexpected passing of Dianne Pothier.
There were expressions of triumph and joy from representatives of self-advocacy and disability rights groups, including the Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada, following the announcement that the Government of Canada has begun the process to accede to the United Nations’ Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Update: This article has been revised to reflect the deadline extension date to Friday, April 28th, 2017. A Schedule 1 Facilities Class Action settlement was approved by the Superior Court of Justice on April 25, 2016 for individuals living in certain Ontario institutions from various years between 1963 to 1999.