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VCH Must Stop Putting Vulnerable People Into George Pearson Centre

George Pearson Centre designed to run like a hospital, not a home By Paul Caune
September 22, 2015

Paul Caune says the George Pearson Centre does not meet the need of its patients.

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) should stop putting vulnerable medically fragile people into George Pearson Centre (GPC), the 63 year old 114-bed Vancouver institution for disabled adults.


Documentary: Disability Activist Fights for Right to Manage His Own Care

Sunday, April 14, 2013 | Categories: Documentaries | Read 1 comments1

Paul Caune is leading the charge for the right of people with disabilities to manage their own care.

Listen to the documentary

You can’t miss Paul Caune in a meeting. What you see is a man in a wheelchair, all but immobile. His tracheotomy hose leads from his throat to the ventilator on the back of his chair.

What you hear is a take-no-prisoners fighter – a man using the force of his own experience to make a case.

Manitoba Human Rights Commission Speaks Up! So Do We! How About You?

By Victor Schwartzman and Paul Caune
May 17, 2012

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Recently, Accessibility News International posted an article by Victor and Paul. Victor worked as a Human Rights Officer for over twenty years for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. The articles written by Paul and Victor reflect their own views. We very much appreciate being able to post our articles on such sites as Accessibility News International and Facebook. The Commission, of course, has significant resources for getting its information to the public.


By Paul Caune and Victor Schwartzman

[Disclosure: Victor was a Human Rights Officer who worked over twenty years for The Manitoba Human Rights Commission. He retired two years ago.]

For the past decade, about one third of all complaints registered by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission have been based on disability, with the Cowardly Lion’s share based on physical disability. There are thirteen “group factors” on which to base a human rights complaint—it is remarkable that one third of all complaints are based on only one “group factor”. This is part of the ongoing international scandal of how Canada abuses its citizens who have disabilities. See Barrier Free Manitoba’s Feature Issue here: