On January 30, Me Melanie Benard and Laurence Parent presented at the McGill Radlaw conference, “In the Streets and in the Courts : un forum de droit radical 2016“. They gave a historic overview of Quebec’s disability rights movement and legislation, highlighting the urgent need for legislative reform to ensure the full social participation of people with disabilities in Quebec.
We’d like to thank the organizers of this Forum for inviting us!
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation.
On January 20, Québec accessible was invited to present to COPHAN (confederation of disabled people organisations) membres. It’s in front of a full room that Me Melanie Benard and Laurence Parent discussed the progress made by the current law in Quebec and highlighted its shortcomings by comparing it to stricter laws that exist elsewhere, such as in Ontario.
Yolaine Ruel, Senior Policy Advisor on Accessibility and Diversity at University of Ottawa, also shared her experience with implementing the law in Ontario. A question period allowed people to share their opinions and put forward ideas.
We want to thank COPHAN for inviting Québec accessible!
The Quebec Human Rights Commission asked “the Superior Court to quash a section of the Act Respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities because it does not guarantee the right to vote for people with reduced mobility on the election day.”
Click here to read the full press release (in French).
On December 2, the CDPDJ announced that all SAQ outlets would be made accessible to people with disabilities. As welcome as this announcement is, it demonstrates the inadequacy of the current Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration. This law fails to remove barriers and obliges people with disabilities to file a separate complaint for every barrier they encounter. That needs to stop!