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Category: Press Releases

ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR SWIFT PASSAGE OF BILL C-62 WITH ONE KEY AMENDMENT: FULL REPEAL OF THE “SUNSET CLAUSE”

For Immediate ReleaseFriday, February 23, 2024 OTTAWA, ON – At a press conference at the National Press Gallery, Inclusion Canada, joined by representatives from ARCH Disability Law Centre, DAWN Canada, and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, called for an indefinite delay to the legalization of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for those with a mental … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Parliamentary Committee Recommends an Indefinite Delay to MAiD for Mental Illness; Inclusion Canada Wants the Sunset Clause Repealed Altogether

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, January 30, 2024 TORONTO, ON – Government officials have indicated that doctor-assisted suicide for people whose sole underlying medical condition is a mental illness will not become legal on March 17th, 2024. Inclusion Canada, the national organization for people with an intellectual disability, demands a full repeal of the ‘sunset clause,’ which sets … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: INCLUSION CANADA DEMANDS JUSTICE IN LIGHT OF INADEQUATE SENTENCING IN BRENT GABONA CASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, January 26, 2024 TORONTO, ON – Wednesday’s sentencing in the Brent Gabona case highlights systemic issues with congregate care and the need for stronger protective measures for individuals with intellectual disabilities living in those settings. Inclusion Canada, the national organization advancing human rights for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, expresses … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: INCLUSION CANADA APPLAUDS NOVA SCOTIA’S HISTORIC APOLOGY AND URGES NATIONAL ACTION ON DISABILITY RIGHTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, November 7, 2023 Halifax, NS – In a momentous occasion for the advancement of disability rights, Inclusion Canada lauds Premier Tim Houston’s profound apology to the disability community in Nova Scotia. This heartfelt apology, made at the ‘Rebuilding HOPE Conference’, marks a turning point in the province’s commitment to inclusion and respect … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: INCLUSION CANADA DEMANDS FOR MAXIMUM SENTENCING IN PROLONGED GROUP HOME SEXUAL ABUSE CASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, OCTOBER 13, 2023 TORONTO, ON – Inclusion Canada responds to this week’s sentencing hearing in Rosthern, Saskatchewan for Brent Gabona, a former special care home worker who pled guilty to sexually abusing vulnerable residents over a 17-year period.  The grievous acts committed at Shepherd’s Villa are profoundly disturbing and cannot be tolerated. … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: HERALDING CHANGE – PARLIAMENT APPROVES PIONEERING DISABILITY BENEFIT LEGISLATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2023 OTTAWA, ON – Parliament passed Bill C-22, establishing the first-ever Canada Disability Benefit. This historic move paves the way for increased financial security and a more inclusive life for millions of Canadians with disabilities. The transformative law begins to close a gaping hole in Canada’s social safety net, offering … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: HISTORIC HUMAN RIGHTS AGREEMENT FOR NOVA SCOTIANS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES & THEIR FAMILIES

For Immediate ReleaseWednesday, April 26, 2023 Halifax, NS: Inclusion Canada celebrates the Nova Scotia government’s commitment today to address human rights violations against people with disabilities. The government has agreed to recommendations from the Independent Expert Review Report, endorsed by the NS Disability Rights Coalition (DRC), which forms the foundation of the Agreement for a … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: BUDGET 2023 – PROGRESS IN DISABILITY INCLUSION, YET SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES REMAIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 29, 2023  OTTAWA, ON – Inclusion Canada is encouraged to see the federal government prioritize disability inclusion throughout Budget 2023. Some victories are obvious, and others are a bit more nuanced. “While some elements of the budget are promising, far too many people with intellectual disabilities are living in dire poverty” says Robin … Continued

Press Release: Surprise, Surprise – Harmful Committee Work leads to Harmful Report on MAiD 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 16, 2023 Ottawa, ON – Inclusion Canada has received and reviewed the final report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (AMAD). It can’t be sugar coated – people with disabilities and their allies were ignored. We asked for equality-preserving changes to the law; MPs and Senators decided they knew … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: SCAM ALERT: Warning of Fake Emails from Scammers Posing as Ready, Willing & Able Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 20, 2022 Toronto, ON – Autism Alliance of Canada and Inclusion Canada are advising the public to be aware of an e-mail phishing scam in which individuals posing as Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) staff attempt to collect confidential and personal information. RWA is a national employment program for persons on … Continued