A group of around 30 advocates for people with disabilities have released a set of principles to guide the redrafting of Bill 59. They represent a wide range of sensory and physical disabilities. The four principles are summarized here:
The longer version is available here.
This promises to be the best equality legislation in Canada, but it needs your help. Here are some actions you can take:
- Join the Bill 59 Facebook Group
- Like and share this post to Facebook and encourage friends to share.
- Meet with your MLA to discuss how this legislation affects you
- Have a face-to-face meeting if possible, or send an email
- Here are some ideas on how to be effective:
- Tell a personal story from your experience
- Focus on
- Government Services
- Question conventional arguments - most resistance comes from bureaucrats
- Thing take time
- Things are expensive
- It's a hardship for business
- Bring supporting documents
- contact your local media and send them the Principles
- consider presenting to the Law Amendments Committee on February 13 or 14.
- There is an opportunity to make presentations at your local Community College on the 14th. You can learn about it here.
There will be small grants to cover ASL-English interpreting costs in relation to advocacy work for Bill 59 up to the Law Amendments Committee. The grants go to a maximum of a team of 2 interpreters up to 2 hours. Mr. Frank O'Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org), the SDHHNS Executive Director, will be administrating this. Contact him for details.
We're at a tipping point, and Nova Scotia could be the Canadian leader. Make a difference!
Please share your experience on the Facebook Group
Yours for the future,
Bill 59 Community Alliance