Prov­ince won’t ap­peal ac­ces­si­bil­ity rul­ing

Cape Breton Post - - Province -

HAL­I­FAX — The prov­ince says it won’t ap­peal a Nova Sco­tia hu­man rights rul­ing that it dis­crim­i­nated against peo­ple in wheel­chairs by fail­ing to en­force a reg­u­la­tion re­quir­ing restau­rants to have ac­ces­si­ble bath­rooms.

The in­de­pen­dent board of in­quiry said in a de­ci­sion re­leased in Septem­ber that the prov­ince did not reg­u­late food safety pro­vi­sions on ac­ces­si­ble wash­rooms in restau­rants with pa­tios.

Chair Gail Gatchalian or­dered the En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment to in­ter­pret, ad­min­is­ter and en­force the reg­u­la­tions as they ap­pear.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment says it will fast track an ac­tion plan to en­sure the hu­man rights de­ci­sion is im­ple­mented in a timely fash­ion.

It will be devel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity and the restau­rant in­dus­try.

The depart­ment says its ef­fort will be sup­ported by the newly es­tab­lished Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Direc­torate and the Nova Sco­tia Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Ad­vi­sory Board. The ma­jor­ity of the ad­vi­sory board is made up of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties.

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