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Sask. Introduces Act to Make Province More Accessible for people With Disabilities

Governments will have 2 years to come up with accessibility plans if act passes CBC News, Posted: Nov 16, 2022

The Saskatchewan government introduced The Accessibility Saskatchewan Act, which aims to prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities, Tuesday.

The act stems from a 2015 recommendation in the Saskatchewan disability strategy.

People with disabilities currently have to file human rights complaints when they face a barrier. Minister of Social Services Gene Makowsky said he hopes this proposed act will create a smoother process for eliminating impediments.

“There is existing legislation that deals with the building codes of human rights, however there are gaps, ” Makowsky told reporters today.

Family Speaks Out After Service Dog Taken Away from Non-Verbal Child with Autism

Animal was removed because of his ‘obesity,’ National Service Dogs says Talia Ricci, CBC News
Posted: Nov 17, 2022

Sasha Singh says the day her family got a service dog for her daughter was life changing.

“I can tell you for a fact that the best therapist comes with fur and four legs,” she said.

Singh says Sammy, a Bernese mountain dog, was a big help to Katiana, 14, who is non-verbal and has autism.

“It gave us a normal life; we were able to do things as a family.”

But in March, Singh says Katiana’s life was turned upside down when National Service Dogs (NSD) took Sammy away without any notice after four years with the family.

Canadian Man Claims Assisted Suicide is Being Pushed on Him by Hospital

By Michael Kaplan
November 8, 2022

Roger Foley alleges in a lawsuit that health-care workers at the government-affiliated Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, encouraged him to end his life rather than rack up a costly medical bill.

Roger Foley does not want to die yet – but he claims that the Canadian government is encouraging him to end it all.

“I’ve been pressured to do an assisted suicide,” he told The Post, alleging this happened with caretakers at Victoria Hospital, a primarily government-funded center in London, Ontario.

Tofino Offers New Beach Mobility Chairs, Launches Accessibility Guide

CTV News Vancouver Island
Updated Nov. 4, 2022

Hitting the beaches in Tofino, B.C., has gotten easier for those with mobility issues thanks to new beach wheelchairs that the region is offering guests.

The chairs assemble in minutes and are stored in transportation bags that you can toss into your vehicle.

The chairs are loaned out for free for up to three days when you provide a deposit, and they’re providing access to beaches and trails where it wasn’t previously available.

“We actually had one woman who hasn’t been out on the beach with her husband for years, just because of accessibility issues of getting out on the beach,” said Jody Kirk, Tofino Tourism visitor and member service manager.

Needs of People With Disabilities Must Be Considered in Emergencies, Advocates Say

NOVEMBER 2, 2022

Governments, communities, and individuals must do better when taking into account the experiences and needs of people with disabilities during emergencies.

That was the messaging shared Tuesday during a panel discussion hosted by Dalhousie University’s MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance.

Titled Come Hell or High Water: Improving Response for People with Disabilities, the online discussion focussed on the unique considerations of people with disabilities in the face of emergencies and evacuations.

“There are many access and functional needs to consider, particularly relating to communication methods, transportation, sheltering, access to assistive devices, emergency social services, and transition back to the community,” stated a publicity notice for the event. “Post-disaster audits from disasters highlight the need to improve emergency services for persons with disabilities.”

Some Doctors are Reluctant to Care for Patients With Disabilities, Study Finds

Details of three focus groups offer disturbing details about the challenges individuals with disabilities face when seeking care By Jessica Bartlett Globe Staff,Updated October 6, 2022

Clinicians participating in focus groups said they experienced many barriers to caring for people with disabilities, with some suggesting they avoided caring for them as a result.

Dr. Lisa Iezzoni pulled her wheelchair up to the screen and asked the physicians on the video call about their experiences and attitudes caring for people with disabilities.

Ontario Man Applies for State-Sponsored suicide Over Homelessness

“I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die,” 54-year-old Amir Farsoud said. Joshua Young
Youngsville North Carolina
Oct 18, 2022

A 54-year-old man from Ontario, Amir Farsoud, is applying for Canada’s state-sponsored euthanasia program, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), because he is about to lose his house and does not want to be homeless.

According to City News Everywhere, Farsoud told the outlet, “I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die.”

Federal Minister Says She’s ‘shocked’ by Suggestion of Assisted Deaths for Some Babies

Qualtrough says she hears regularly of people with disabilities seeking death due to lack of supports Catherine Cullen, Alexandra Zabjek, CBC News
Posted: Oct 22, 2022

Canada’s minister of disability inclusion says she’s offended by a Quebec doctor’s suggestion that infants less than a year old should have access to medically assisted deaths if they are unlikely to survive and are dealing with severe health issues.

“I find that completely shocking and unacceptable. I would never support going down that road,” Carla Qualtrough said in an interview with CBC Radio’s The House.

The idea was raised earlier this month at a parliamentary committee hearing reviewing the federal law that governs medical assistance in dying.

Canadians Unaware of Diseases That Lead to Blindness, Survey Says

Daniel Bertrand Digital Content Producer
Sergio Arangio Videojournalist
Published Oct. 13, 2022

A new survey from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the Canadian Association of Optometrists says many Canadians – especially younger people – are under-informed about diseases that lead to blindness.

This news has eye doctors reminding people to get their vision checked. They say individuals could be living with a preventable or treatable disease and not even know it.

“We detect any early eye disease or even general health issues. It’s important because most eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration the earlier they’re diagnosed, the better the outcome is,” Dr. Janelle Morin, a Timmins-area optometrist, told CTV News.

Government of Canada Releases National Disability Inclusion Action Plan

NEWS PROVIDED BY Employment and Social Development Canada
Oct 07, 2022

GATINEAU, QC, Oct. 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Persons with disabilities face physical, financial, attitudinal and other barriers to participating in society. Many of these barriers are systemic and long-standing. The Government of Canada is working with the disability community to remove those barriers, and to consciously create a more inclusive country. The work required to achieve this is extensive, and it requires meaningful and sustained action.