The Women’s Court of Canada: Eaton v. Brant County Board of Education [2006] 1 W.C.R. 124

December 5th, 2008

by Dianne Pothier is very pleased to reproduce the decisions of the Women’s Court of Canada. In 2004 this group of feminist / equality Charter activists, lawyers,
and academics, decided to do something about what they saw as the sorry state of equality jurisprudence under s. 15. The solution, rewrite the key decisions
of the Supreme Court of Canada in this important area. The first six judgments of the Women’s Court of Canada have now been published in Volume 18 of the
Canadian Journal of Women and the Law (

War Vets Going Blind

November 3, 2008


About 1.7 million American men and women have served in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Military studies show that up to 340,000 of them suffer from
mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). The injury most often happens as a result
of roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades or mortars. A TBI typically
occurs when the head suddenly and violently hits an object or when and
object pierces the skull and enters the brain. A person with a TBI may
remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds
or minutes. Symptoms may include headache, confusion, lightheadedness,
dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in
the mouth, fatigue, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes,
and trouble with memory or concentration. Little can be done to reverse the
initial brain damage caused by the trauma.

Hiring authority makes it easier to hire disabled employees

by 2nd Lt. Gina Vaccaro
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

12/1/2008 – RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are working to increase manager understanding of how to hire qualified people with
disabilities. The Schedule A hiring authority, a noncompetitive government hiring process, allows federal employers to hire qualified people with mental
retardation, severe physical disabilities or psychiatric disabilities to civilian positions.

Accessible PDFs Made Easier

By: Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader – Accessibility and Usability, Bloor Research
Published: 4th December 2008
Copyright Bloor Research © 2008

There are hundreds of millions of PDF documents on the web. It is such a popular format because it can be viewed on most devices that attach to the web
and because it looks the same on any of these devices. The producer of the document can be sure that what the reader sees is the same as that which was
created. The documents contain a great deal of useful, interesting and important information, much of which is not available on-line in any other format.
This information will be of interest to people with disabilities.

BSI British Standards Invites Comments On New Draft Standard On Accessible Website

1 December 2008

BSI British Standards is inviting all interested parties, and in particular
marketing professionals and disabled web users, to review and comment on the
draft of a new standard on accessible websites. DPC BS 8878 Web
accessibility – Building accessible experiences for disabled people – Code
of Practice is applicable to all public and private organizations wishing to
offer accessible, usable websites to their customers.

DPC BS 8878 can be viewed at www.bsigroup.comdrafts until 31 January 2009.
All comments will be considered by the BSI technical committee responsible
for drafting the standard.

Simple Courtesy Makes Shopping Easier For Disabled

Nov. 28, 2008 01:18 PM

Phil Pangrazio, executive director of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, submitted this article.

While the holidays bring a lot of joy, they also bring pressure to get more done in a shorter period of time. Additional errands, shopping and appointments
challenge us all to become masters of time management.

Government of Canada’s Office For Disability Issues Opens Doors to Accessibility

GATINEAU, QUEBEC–(Marketwire – Dec. 1, 2008) – The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, officially opened the Government
of Canada’s Office for Disability Issues’ new accessible workplace today.

The new facility has been renovated to be a model of accessibility, offering a safe, user-friendly work environment that promotes equal opportunity and
the participation of all employees, including those with disabilities.

Defining Disability Difficult

Disagreement continues over whether obesity is a lifestyle choice

Peter McKnight, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, November 29, 2008

Having only one eye might be viewed as a disability, but it depends on what kind of world you live in. If, for example, you live in the land of the blind,
then you are not only not disabled but, as the adage has it, king.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December

2008 Theme: “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity
and justice for all of us”.

Programme of the International Day at United Nations Headquarters, New York(

Dignity and justice for all of us is the theme of this year’s International
Day for Persons with Disabilities, as well as for the 60th anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Universities, colleges see students with Disabilities as a Growth Market;

Changes are making higher education possible for those who would have been
shut out only a few years ago

Joanne Laucius
Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 27, 2008

A couple of decades ago, Will Parkinson would not have been a candidate for
a university education.

Channel 42 to Air Ad Featuring Blind People Struck by Vehicles

Palm Beach Post, November 23, 2008

BOYNTON BEACH – David Evans felt his walking stick being pulled out of his
hand. When he put out his hands, he felt the front bumper of a car.

“When I yelled and hit my fist on the trunk of her car, she finally stopped,”
said Evans, who is blind.

Green’ Cars Called Threat to Blind Pedestrians

Hybrid vehicles are too quiet, says city man

Brantford Expositor, Nov. 26, 2008

Setting out from their Buchanan Crescent townhouse for a morning jaunt, Bob
Brown and his guide dog, Boone, set a good pace.

It’s more like a power walk than a stroll and they work as a team, moving
easily around their neighbourhood.

People with Disability a Priority for Australia’s Aid Program

25 November 2008

The Australian Government has for the first time made people with disability
a priority for Australia’s international development program.

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob
McMullan, will today launch Australia’s first strategy to guide Australia’s
aid program in supporting people with a disability in the developing world.

Reviewing The Impact Of Technology On Child Development And Behavior

The 21st century has witnessed a rapid increase in TV, videogame, iPod, internet
use and cell phone use in young children. As a pediatric occupational therapist,
I’ve subsequently observed that critical milestones for child motor and
sensory development are not being met, negatively impacting on child academic
and achievement of literacy. Simultaneously there is an increasing incidence
of childhood physical, psychological and behavior disorders, often accompanied
by the prescription of psychotropic medication. Are these two trends related?

Rough Draft: Stop the lies, Legalize it already

By nornerator

Hi, I have been writing a research paper that briefly summarizes quite a few
studies done on marijuana and its cannabinoid constituents. There are some
substantial flow issues and grammatical problems with my paper so far but I
am having a hard time pinpointing them. Below I will present the rough draft
of the paper, feel free to critique the; form, content, grammar, or flow. I
hope you enjoy, the purpose of writing this paper is to help convince people
that marijuana has vast medical properties and at the very least needs to be
legalized for medical purposes. It is fairly long so I apologize.

America’s Mental Health (Care) Is Getting Worse

Despite the unanimity that the system is broken, few agree on what will fix

By: Marcia Meier |
November 14, 2008 | 03:26 AM (PST) |

Part I of a four-part series looking at the sorry state of treating the mentally
ill – beyond warehousing people in institutions or prisons – and the
tentative efforts to improve the situation.

Air Canada Can’t Make Disabled People Pay Extra Seat

By Joe Schneider
Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) –Air Canada,
the country’s biggest airline, and other carriers can’t charge disabled or obese people for an extra ticket when they need an additional seat or an attendant to accompany them.

The Supreme Court of Canada today refused to hear an appeal from the airline, upholding a Canadian Transportation Agency ruling ordering carriers to charge
all passengers the same fare and not make people pay extra when they need an additional seat for medical reasons.

Discrimination Eats Away At You – And Increases Your Chance Of Mental Illness

It’s a unique challenge: Diagnosing and treating immigrants with depression,
anxiety and other diseases of the mind. Columnist Margaret Wente talks to a
renowned British psychiatrist who’s come to Canada to help

Tanzania’s Macabre Trade: Albinos Killed For Body Parts

Last Updated: 7:28AM GMT 14 Nov 2008

Albino campaigner – Zihada Msembo, secretary general of the Tanzania Albino Society

Tanzanian albinos are living in terror following 30 murders in the east African nation by people apparently seeking their body parts for witchcraft, a campaigner

New Hiring Policies Await Implementation

Hyde Park

Aviva Levy

In theory, McGill has made a leap forward with its new Equity Policy, which
was approved by the Senate and Board of Governors in Spring 2007. Unlike the
former Gender Equity Policy, which only targeted women, the new policy aims
to attract all “historically disadvantaged groups in Canada,” including
minorities, indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities whose mother tongue is neither
French nor English, disabled persons, persons of minority sexual orientations,
and gender identities and women.