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COURT FINDS SYSTEMIC BIAS AGAINST THOSE WITH DISABILITI­ES

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Nova Scotia’s highest court has concluded there is systemic discrimina­tion in the province against people with disabiliti­es who are seeking services and housing in the community. In a landmark decision issued Wednesday, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal sided with an advocacy group called the Disability Rights Coalition, agreeing that the province’s failure to offer people with disabiliti­es “meaningful” access to housing and care in the community amounts to a violation of their basic rights. However, the government could still bring the case before another human rights board of inquiry, where it could attempt to prove the discrimina­tion is “a reasonable limit prescribed by law” that can be justified in a free and democratic society.

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