Civil Rights Now: Outside Noise

When Denise Turner called these voters “outside noise” she coldly dismissed the distress of parents who have good reasons to be afraid of what the future has in store for their children with developmental disabilities. The Board of CLBC should fire Denise Turner. To permit her to retain her appointed position would be an endorsement of her contempt for British Columbian voters.

Published October 26, 2011 | By
Markham Hislop
By Paul Caune    

On October 14, after months of controversy, the appointed board of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), a crown agency that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities, fired its CEO of six years.
 
When the Chair of the CLBC Board Denise Turner was asked by Global News if the months of controversy was the reason her Board had fired the CEO she replied:

“There’s no connection at all between outside noise and our decision.”

What is the “outside noise” Denise Turner referred to?

BC voters who’ve refused to accept bad services for their children from the government they fund by the sweat of their brows. Good parents who put their
families first in other words.

When Denise Turner called these voters “outside noise” she coldly dismissed the distress of parents who have good reasons to be afraid of what the future has in store for their children with developmental disabilities. The Board of CLBC should fire Denise Turner. To permit her to retain her appointed position would be an endorsement of her contempt for British Columbian voters.

There are roughly 600,000 people with disabilities living in British Columbia. They, along with their families and friends, are or will be voters; many
of them are, were or will be tax payers; they purchase millions of dollars of goods and services every year; they and their families have billions of dollars of assets; and thousands of people in the public and private sectors depend of them for jobs.

The older one gets the greater probability one will acquire a disability. Many people in BC are or will be a person with a disability or are directly related
to somebody who is or will be a person with a disability.

And yet in BC no one’s political career was ever destroyed for insulting or harming a significant portion of the population.

Since 1871 the BC government has had three solutions to the problem of how society should help citizens who cannot physically and/or mentally become financially self-sufficient: incarcerate them in institutions; abandon them to homelessness; smother them in a bureaucratic swamp. The BC government delivers public services that voters with disabilities need to stay alive by means that deny them equal benefit and equal protection under the law.

In recent years BC has degraded its Human Rights Commission to a Tribunal and severely reduced funding for Legal Aid. BC is far behind other jurisdictions in effective legal protection of people with disabilities such as the US 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act, the US 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the 1990 US Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and numerous other countries and Canadian provinces that have provided better protection for voters with disabilities.

To add insult to injury BC does not have a Wrongful Death Act. All this means the BC government will continue to abuse a large portion of its population
with impunity. As BC’s Ombudsman Kim Carter stated on October 20, 2011: “I think most people would assume that a system was established to provide vulnerable people with more protection than the average person, and that is not the case in British Columbia.”

The outside noise needs to occupy the ballot box and pass laws with teeth. Very sharp teeth.

Paul Caune is the Executive Director of CIVIL RIGHTS NOW! Contact him at civilrightsnow@yahoo.ca. or http://civilrightsnow.ca/ 
 
Reproduced from http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2011/10/civil-rights-now-outside-noise/