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.
Home.Home means comfort, warmth, safety. Where you can recharge. Where you belong, just as you are.Unfortunately, this home does not exist for everyone.Josh* has an intellectual disability. Because he needs some support in his daily life, Josh was placed into a group home. Josh was not allowed to choose where to live, or who to live with.
Over 100,000 Canadians with intellectual disabilities are not able to access affordable housing that meets their support needs, makes possible a home of their own, and offers social and economic inclusion in their communities. In collaboration with People First of Canada (PFC), CACL has developed a brief outlining a new proposed approach to enable access to affordable housing in safe and inclusive communities, as a part of a response to the Government of Canada's National Housing Strategy consultations.
A partnership between CACL and CASDA, the Ready, Willing & Able initiative has achieved another round of excellent results in the third quarter of 2016: 177 employment outcomes (including full-time and part-time jobs, self-employment opportunities, and post-secondary opportunities) have been reached in this three month period.