April 16, 2011
L’affaire Barlagne fait beaucoup jaser ces jours-ci, cette famille française que le Canada veut expulser puisque la plus jeune de leurs filles, Rachel 8 ans, a une paralysie cérébrale importante et est donc considérée un fardeau excessif pour la société canadienne.
D’un côté, j’estime qu’il est bon qu’on parle enfin au Canada, ou au Québec du moins, de cette pratique discriminatoire vieille comme la terre de refuser l’asile ou l’entrée au pays de personnes handicapées sur la base de leur condition physique sous prétexte que ces personnes sont un trop grand risque de prise en charge, qu’elles finiront par nous coûter une beurrée puisqu’elles sont handicapées et, généralement, considérées non autonomes.
De plus, je souhaite bonne chance à la famille Barlagne. J’espère que cette famille obtiendra gain de cause quoi que j’en doute. Il est très difficile de changer ce type de décision, qui aurait pu aussi bien être prise par un robot car la loi est la loi et elle est supposée être appliquée de manière impartiale. Reste le politique mais puisque le pouvoir appartient actuellement aux conservateurs, je doute fortement que le gouvernement Harper intervienne en faveur des Barlagne. Les conservateurs ont prouvé maintes fois que l’opinion public a peu d’influence sur leurs actions et si on se fit à leurs agissements dans le cas Jodhan, même quand ils ont tort, le sort des personnes handicapées semble très peu les émouvoir. De toute façon, les autres partis ne feraient pas, et dans certains cas n’ont pas fait, mieux.
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March 9, 2011
Seems like only yesterday, I was blogging about the possible end to the Community Access Program (CAP) and its Youth Initiatives, which provide affordable access to the Internet and training programs for disadvantaged populations in Canada. But actually, I first wrote about the Community Access Program way back in 2007.
And as I write these words tonight, I realize there is a reason why this feels so fresh and that is because this is the story every year, or so it seems. Every year, the federal government threatens to cut the program and every year, numerous communities in Canada mobilize and bring the program back from the brink. For example, see Michael Geist’s blog post on the subject from March 2010.
So it is the story again this year and I hope you will all do what you can to support the various initiatives working towards ensuring the survival of this crucial program. Write to the Prime Minister and Tony Clement, Industry Canada minister responsible for this program. Write to your Member of Parliament, to your mayor and to anyone else you think can help make a difference.
The good folks at Internet for Everyone, spearheaded by the awesome Communautique, have made things easy for you by even enabling you to write to all these people with a simple click of your mouse (or whatever other device you use). So you see, you really have no excuse not to take a few minutes to support this initiative.
Go! Mobilize! Save the CAP!
February 28, 2011
Disclaimer: Any views expressed in the following article are my own and, as far as I know, do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations I am affiliated with.
If you blinked, you may have missed the amended judgment in the Jodhan case, rendered February 09 2011 following the Government of Canada’s motion for reconsideration filed last December. That motion came shortly after the initial ruling in the case which awarded victory to Ms. Donna Jodhan, a blind woman who sued the government for the lack of accessibility of federal government websites.
The November 29 2010 ruling stipulated, among other things, that the Government of Canada had indeed violated Ms. Jodhan’s Charter rights by failing to monitor the application of its own web standards, the Common Look and Feel standards (CLF), which contain a number of accessibility requirements to ensure “equitable access to all content on Government of Canada websites“. The ruling also declared that the government has a constitutional obligation to bring itself into compliance with the Charter within 15 months.
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January 18, 2011
As I mentioned briefly in an update to my January 1 post on the Jodhan ruling, the federal government has filed an appeal in addition to their motion for reconsideration. Apparently, an appeal on a protective basis was filed on December 29 2010, giving the government an extra ten days to appeal the November 29 decision and the appeal itself was then filed on January 7 2011.
This information took a while to become public (probably, as the court officer I spoke to speculated, because it lay around on someone’s desk for a while). Anyway, I have since received a copy of the government appeal that I am reproducing in its entirety hereafter (it is not available online but it is public).
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January 1, 2011
Update: Since the publication of this post, the Government of Canada has filed an appeal in addition to the motion for reconsideration. From what I understand, an appeal on a protective basis was filed on December 29 2010, giving the government an extra ten days to appeal the November 29 decision and the appeal itself was then filed on January 7 2011. This information took a while to be published on the Court Index and Docket website and I was only made aware of these developments on January 10 so please keep this in mind while reading this post. These developments do not however change the opinions expressed herein. I will try to write a follow-up soon. (CR - 11-01-2011)
Disclaimer: I want to make absolutely clear that any views expressed in the following article are my own and, as far as I know, do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations I am affiliated with. Also, I know a lot of individuals who work in government and the following views are not in any way a judgment on their commitment and their work. Finally, I am not a lawyer. And I do not play one on TV.
For the last month or so, many people in Canada had been waiting to find out whether or not the Canadian government would appeal the decision in the case of Donna Jodhan v. the Attorney General of Canada. The Government of Canada had 30 days to appeal the judgment rendered by the Honourable Justice Kelen on November 29. On that day, the Judge essentially ruled that the inaccessibility of federal government websites is a violation of Article 15 (1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as it constitutes discrimination based on disability towards Ms. Jodhan and others with visual impairments. The ruling further stated that the Canadian government had 15 months (now roughly 14 and counting down) to make its websites more accessible.
Continue reading federal government files a motion for Reconsideration in the Jodhan case