Manitoba boy with down syndrome finds further discimination at local mall

Despite success in his battle to bring his service dog with him to school, this past week, a Brandon, Man. boy encountered discrimination once more.

Earlier this week, while visiting a local mall with his mother, a security guard at a local mall demanded the boy take the dog outside. The boy has down syndrome and a hearing impairment, but his mother claims the guard questioned whether her son needed assistance given that he is not blind. Although the guard eventually allowed the dog in, his mother maintains such an encounter should never have happened.

View the story as reported by CBC News.

Winnipeg’s Handi-Transit expanding eligibility to those with dementia

Thanks to the work of the Public Interest Law Centre on behalf of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, individuals with dementia may soon be eligible to use Handi-Transit in Winnipeg. A complaint was brought to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission in 2005 concerning the service’s limitations on eligibility.

Handi-Transit services are currently restricted to those who are legally blind or have a physical disability that significantly affects their mobility.

In addition to the requirement that those applicants with dementia undergo a cognitive assessment to determine if they require the service, the expansion of the service could come at a cost to others who use it. There are plans to tighten up eligibility for those who only require temporary or limited assistance.

Read the full story at the Winnipeg Free Press.

Increased Access for Manitobans with Disabilities is on the Legislature’s Radar

There is new Accessibility Legislation on the table in Manitoba for the new year and the provincial government is asking for civilian proposals to aide in drafting the legislation. The Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities and the Minister of Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors have drafted a Discussion Paper for Made in Manitoba Accessibility Legislation to foster discussion on the improvements needed to eliminate barriers to accessibility within the province. The right to equality for people with disabilities is provincially protected in the Manitoba Human Rights Code, in addition to s.15 of the Charter, and while it provides an avenue to bring forward a formal complaint of disability discrimination, legislation is required to pave the way towards equitable access for all.

The Winnipeg Sun discusses the need for the new legislation.

The Winnipeg Free Press probes into the rarity of handicapped parking stalls at Winnipeg schools.

Former Manitoba Court of Appeal Justice Questions Ruling on Right to Legal Counsel

Charles Huband, former Manitoba Court of Appeal Justice, questions a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on the limits placed on an accused right to legal counsel under s. 10(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read his opinion on the judgment as given to the Winnipeg Free Press.

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