A sidewalk closure on Young Street requires pedestrians, wheelchair and mobility scooter users to take a detour of more than 500 metres to access essential services.Staff and leadership must dig deeper and look further to ensure their policies and approach to access and infrastructure includes everyone and prioritizes the least able in much more than words and aspirations.
Crisis line call centres are a core element of Nova Scotia’s mental health crisis response. We should know how well they are meeting the needs of people experiencing mental distress, their support network, and the broader community. But independent evaluations of the Nova Scotia mental health crisis line have not been produced or made available, writes Dr. Jamie Livingston.
“Queer and trans youth understand that reporting sexualized violence is not a safe option for them because they feel, and rightfully so, that they will not be believed and that their cases will not be understood within the current legal system.” Carmel Farahbakhsh of the Youth Project addresses the Subcommittee to Define Defunding the Police.
Media release: Wellness Within: An Organization for Health and Justice invite all to join us for the official launch of the Queer Doula Toolkit, by zoom on June 17 at 730pm AT.
On June 8th, the anniversary of a very serious traffic accident now 36 years ago, Roger B. Jones, “the Ability Guy” reflects on living with a disability and the events that have defined the year that was.
Statement: We welcome and support the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) policy shift in the last few years to be trans-inclusive and we cannot let this work go anywhere but forward. We recognize that several of the women who wrote a recent Open Letter to CAEFS share that they are formerly incarcerated, and we honour their experience and pain. We do not support their discriminatory comments about incarcerated trans women, nor their assumptions about who speaks for incarcerated and criminalized women, or their calls for the creation of new prisons for trans people.
There’s so little in terms of support for single parents taking care of children with functional needs. Single mom Jennifer Pratt writes about the obstacles she encountered when she tried to qualify for respite services.
In the fall of 2020 the federal government announced a “new Canadian Disability Benefit modeled after the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors”. Reporter Kendall Worth speaks with Sherry Costa of the NS League for Equal Opportunities about how the League plans to engage first voices, family, friends and allies in Nova Scotia.
Gabrielle Peters reflects on accessibility, the totally unique and amazing Bill C-7 filibuster, the silence of the left, and crip culture, crip space, crip love and crip rage.
“What’s going on in the military,” Judy Haiven asks as we find out that there were 581 sexual assaults in the five years after the Canadian Armed Forces Operation Honour. That’s one assault every three days!